Maharashtra Startup Gets Rs 3.29 Cr Support from Govt for Indigenous Development of Hydrogen Gas Detecting Technology

In tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of National Hydrogen Mission (NHM), Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh today announced financial aid of Rs 3.29 crore to Thane, Maharashtra-based Multi Nano Sense Technologies Pvt. Ltd., to support the manufacturing of Hydrogen sensors indigenously.

Multi Nano Sense Technologies (Multi Nano Sense) has signed an MoU Technology Development Board under DST, for indigenous development of Hydrogen Sensing & Analysis Technology. 

Founded in 2017, Multi Nano Sense is a deep technology company developing an indigenous cutting edge hydrogen analysis sensor for new age applications. The development is also related to the universal miniaturized core sensor designs for leak detection and/ or analysis of hydrogen.

Hydrogen is regarded as one of the best clean energy carriers, which is the ultimate fossil fuel alternate candidate however it is extremely flammable, and high concentrations of the gas in confined spaces will displace oxygen which is life-threatening. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that there is no leakage of hydrogen which will pave the way for its optimal utility, and thus as the usage of Hydrogen as a fuel will rise the detection of the gas become imperative too.

The startup has patented hydrogen gas sensor and analyzer based on a core sensor; which has been conceptualized, developed, manufactured and serviced entirely in India. The Minister informed that at present, it is heavily dependent on importing sensors, as all core sensor elements are imported from China, USA, UK, Japan and Germany.

The startup is building gas and dust sensors with vastly enhanced capabilities and has a Patented Hydrogen Sensing Technology (Indian Patent No. 252998) which has ability to detect and analyze Hydrogen, with very high selectivity, specificity and intelligence, over the entire range of 0% to 100% H2 v/v in Air.

The sensors can not only operate in a vacuum, but also in both air and inert backgrounds. The sensors have a very long life and do not require any maintenance, except periodic calibration to maintain very high levels of accuracy. It does not require any moving or degradable parts, claims the startup's website.

Besides, the sensor has several other path breaking features such as — Minimum detection: Parts Per Million (PPM) range; Maximum detection: 100% Pure Hydrogen; Instant response within 3 seconds; low power consumption for core sensor operation. Portable detectors can operate continuously upto 36 hours on single charge; non-corrosive; long life of 5 years etc.

With this technology, India can easily penetrate the global market to complement domestic demand through their Made in India products. The global hydrogen gas sensor market is presently valued at USD 685 million and is anticipated to amplify at a CAGR of 6.2%, thereby amassing a valuation of USD 1,250 million by end of the assessment timeline.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the demand for energy is growing and with the limitation of existing resources, there is a need for an alternative fuel. He said, ‘Hydrogen’ envisages being the future fuel to replace fossil fuel and therefore production of Hydrogen fuel by using power from renewable energy, termed as green hydrogen is one of the major requirements towards environmentally sustainable energy security of the nation.

The Minister added that as per NITI Aayog’s report titled ‘Harnessing Green Hydrogen: Opportunities for Deep Decarbonization in India’ Hydrogen will provide a pathway to accelerate the emergence of a green hydrogen economy, which is critical for India to achieve its net-zero ambitions by 2070.

A recent report highlighted that for India to achieve its target of net-zero carbon economy by 2070, carbon capture technologies and green hydrogen should be among key strategies for the country to adopt optimally, which will also realize India’s green energy potential.


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