Research & Development
BHEL places strong emphasis on innovation and creative advancement, which leads to the development of technologically competitive products and services. The research and developmental efforts of the company are not only aimed at improving the performance of the products of current manufacture, but also developing new products and systems using state-of-the-art technologies, relevant to the needs of the various business sectors. With a spending of nearly 2.5% of its annual turnover on R&D projects, BHEL is the largest spender on R&D in the heavy industry segment, to which it belongs. BHEL also generates nearly 20% of its annual turnover from in-house developed products and services introduced in last five years
Spearheading this process is BHEL’s highly qualified manpower engaged in R&D activities in the Corporate R&D Division, Hyderabad, and the Research and Product Development (RPD) centers at its manufacturing units
To carry out research in identified specialized areas, BHEL has established 14 Centres of Excellence. The Corporate R&D Division is currently equipped with ten Centers of Excellence (COE) carrying out advanced R&D in engineering disciplines like, Simulators, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Permanent Magnet Machines (PMM), Surface Engineering, Intelligent Machines and Robotics, Machine Dynamics, Compressor and Pumps, Nano Technology, Ultra High Voltage (UHV) and Advanced Transmission Systems. Two COEs, for Power Electronics, IGBT and Controller Technology, and for Control and Instrumentation (C&I), are located at Electronics Division, Bengaluru. Two COEs, for Advanced Fabrication Technology and Coal Research Centre, are established the Tiruchirappalli unit.
In addition, BHEL has also established five specialized institutes to pursue R&D in identified areas. They are Welding Research Institute (WRI) at Tiruchirappalli, Ceramic Technological Institute (CTI) at Bengaluru, Centre for Electric Traction (CET) at Bhopal, Pollution Control Research Institute (PCRI) at Haridwar and Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Plant at Gurugram.
BHEL has the distinction of filing more than one patent per calendar day if the record number of 508 filings done during 2016-17 is considered. Currently the company is the proud owner of more than 3900 IPR assets, which are in productive use in the company’s business. The company has won several awards and recognitions for its outstanding work in this area, including the National IP Award, WIPO International IP Award.
Other laurels received by BHEL for R&D and related activities include Best Maharatna PSU Award for Innovation and R&D from the India Today Group and CII-Thompson Reuters Innovation Award. BHEL has been ranked the Ninth “Most Innovative Company in the World” by the renowned US business magazine “FORBES”, based on a listing of “innovation premium” to rank the world’s most innovative companies, developed by professors from Harvard Business School, Brigham Young University and INSEAD.
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