Sustainable Energy is crucial for the development of any country, and it is one of the basic parameters that define the quality of life.

Green hydrogen is envisaged to be the future clean fuel as it can be produced from renewable primary energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. Green hydrogen is perhaps the best alternative for deep-decarbonization of difficult-to-abate sectors such as industry and heavy-duty commercial transportation. India is planning to replace 5 million tons per annum of grey hydrogen with green hydrogen by 2030. CSIR-NCL is the nodal laboratory for the CSIR’s hydrogen mission that involves 19 laboratories and several industry partners which are working collaboratively to develop transformational technologies for reducing the cost of hydrogen production, and its distribution, storage, and utilization. CSIR-NCL has strong competencies in the areas of electrochemistry, catalysis, advanced materials and chemical engineering, which are central to hydrogen technologies. The laboratory has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of fuel cells and has licensed the fuel cell technology co-developed with CSIR-CECRI to KPIT, an industry partner which has deployed it in India’s first fully-indigenous fuel cell bus. Going ahead, the focus is on technology upgradation and development of manufacturing processes for core materials so as to enable globally competitive indigenous knowhow made in and for India.

CSIR-NCL has 10+ years of experience in battery research and is equipped with skilled human resource for the cell fabrication and testing. The primary objective of the CSIR program is to develop core material technologies for advanced Lithium and Sodium battery chemistries.


  • Hydrogen: Anion exchange membrane (AEM); High performance fuel cells and core materials (LT-PEMFC), Hydrides, Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC), DST-Advanced Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Programme (DST-AHFC)
  • Battery: CSIR Mission TAPSUN, 4M, Energy Storage, DST-Nanomission, etc.