IISC invents new tech to develop hydrogen from biomass

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have successfully invented a technology that has the ability to yield hydrogen from biomass. India currently uses about 50 lakh tonnes of hydrogen in several sectors and the new technology has the potential to escalate the country’s green energy capacity and meet these requirements.


The project is backed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. S. Dasappa, Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research at IISc and the lead researcher in the project highlighted that the hydrogen market is going to witness a surge in the near future and by using this method country can lower the dependency on fossil fuels for the production of hydrogen. 

He further highlighted that the process consists of two steps. First, the biomass is converted into syngas by using oxygen and steam in a novel reactor which is a hydrogen-rich fuel gas mixture. Then the pure hydrogen is extracted from syngas using an indigenously developed low-pressure gas separation unit.