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Call for Proposals: Advanced Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Programme 2021 by DST: Submit by July 30: Expired

Proposal submissions are invited for Advanced Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Programme 2021 by DST. The last date of submission is 30 July 2021.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) under its Advanced Hydrogen and Fuel cell Programme is promoting and supporting activities related to indigenous development of new and existing material in large quantities, catalysts, membrane, components for fuel cells, electrolysers, hydrogen storage materials, materials for type IV cylinders and prototypes for implementation of various applications of hydrogen and fuel cell in the country.

Identified Areas

Following areas have been identified and project proposals may be submitted for research development and demonstration needs for hydrogen and fuel cells: –

  • Development of improved electrolysers at MW scale and their integration with renewables to demonstrate green hydrogen generation.
  • Demonstration of large scale, sustainable and cost-effective bio hydrogen production
  • High-density solid-state hydrogen storage material-based technologies for various applications including heating and cooling, thermal energy storage, compression, back- up power etc. 
  • Demonstration of large-scale grid storage for integration of renewables.
  • Demonstration of liquid organic hydrides-based hydrogen transport including the synthesis and regeneration of LOHC.
  • Demonstration of suitability of novel materials including adsorbents based complex and chemical hydrides and their scalability for large scale hydrogen storage.
  • Improving the efficiency of the conversion processes.
  • Development of cost-effective carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) for reforming processes.
  • Material processing and new material development for hydrogen production through water electrolysis (Alkaline/acid/SOEC), photo-electrolysis, photo-catalysis etc.
  • Low cost separation and purification technologies for thermal production processes.
  • Increasing durability and lowering cost of fuel cells, alternatives to Proton Exchange membranes (Surface area and activity loss due to catalyst dissolution, Catalyst particle growth and agglomeration, Activity loss due to catalyst support corrosion, Degradation due to corrosion of the bipolar plates, Voltage loss due to increasing contact resistance between individual components , Membrane degradation due to chemical attack and mechanical stress, Catalyst and membrane performance loss due to contamination) 
  • Enable development of manufacturing technologies and processes of hydrogen and fuel cell components in parallel with technology development while fostering a strong domestic supplier base. Develop manufacturing techniques to reduce the cost of fuel cell stacks at high volume 
  • Reduce the cost of manufacturing components and systems to produce and deliver hydrogen  
  • Demonstration of cost effective and compact indigenous electrochemical stack (Fuel cells) of capacity 100kW or more with Protocols for testing PEMFC components and stack
  • Integration of Green hydrogen storage systems with fuel cells at a suitable level for power generation
  • High efficient power converters for all applications related to RE (PV/wind), electrolyser and fuel cells
  • Fabrication of indigenous Type IV tanks.
  • Development of materials for lightweight hydrogen cylinder – Includes development of lightweight composite materials for hydrogen storage which can resist embrittlement and flames.
  • Detailed studies on the requirements, technical barriers and economics for the introduction of hydrogen to the hard to abate sectors.
  • Development of policy frameworks and standards for deployment of hydrogen based technologies. 
  • Demonstration of projects including the complete hydrogen pathways from production, storage, transport, utilization and refueling at a larger scale for e.g. around hundreds of kg of H2 with state of art technologies.

The Project Proposal could be submitted for financial support though online mode only by Scientists/ Engineers/ Technologists working in Universities and other Academic institutions; R&D institutions/ laboratories having adequate infrastructure and facilities to carry out R&D work. The PI(s) should have relevant experience as evident from previous prototype commercialization or development or practical experience in the chosen area/topic with field knowledge.


The Project Proposal could be submitted in the enclosed format through online mode only. No hard copy of the project proposal should be submitted. Please ensure that following documents have been completed and uploaded along with the proposal.

  • Certificate from the investigator (in the enclosed format);and
  • Endorsement from Head of the institution on Letter Head (in the enclosed format).
  • A signed certificate for the Conflict of Interest (in the enclosed format).
  • Bio data of PI/Co-PI

Application received without above documents with incomplete information will not be entertained. Soft copy in pdf format is also to be emailed to ranjith.krishnapai[at] on or before 30th July, 2021 (05:30pm).

Project Duration

The projects should be time-bound normally for duration of 2-3 years depending upon the prototype/device to be developed

Funding Available

10 Crore maximum.


Dr. Ranjith Krishna Pai (Director/Scientist ‘E’)
Ph: 011-26590475
E-mail: ranjith.krishnapai[at]

Click here to view the official notification of Advanced Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Programme 2021 by DST.

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