Dr. R. K. Kotnala
Awarded with Prestigious Raja Ramanna Fellow 2018
Head (Former) -Environmental Sciences & Biomedical Metrology Division
CSIR-National Physical Laboratory
A Boon for Masses: Green Energy Source
Dr. R.K. Kotnala & Dr. Jyoti Shah from CSIR-NPL have invented an energy source, coined as “Hydroelectric Cell”, which produces electricity from water droplets using no acid/alkali. This invention is exceptional.
Energy from splitting of water has opened a new class of revolutionary research in the field of green energy. Hydroelectric cell can be used in a wide variety of consumer products especially in Rural India.
R. K. Kotnala and Jyoti Shah, Book Chapter 2.8, Magnetic Materials, pp 223-230, Comprehensive Energy Systems 1st Edition, Edited by Ibrahim Dincer, Elsevier Publications 21 Feb.2018. https://books.google.co.in/books?id=foxODwAAQBAJ&pg=RA1-PA233&lpg=RA1-PA233&dq=kotnala+rk&source=bl&ots=dQMgQAUGvh&sig=m1kG8vh
- Editorial, Invention of Hydroelectric Cell: A Green Energy Groundbreaking Revolution in Journal of Physics Research and Applications, Issue 1, Vol. 2, 2018.
- Environment Friendly Mesoporous Magnetite Nanoparticles Based Hydroelectric Cell paper in Journal of Physical Chemistry C: .Feb 2018, 122 (11). doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b12561.
A Facile Non-Photocatalytic Technique for Hydrogen Gas Production by Hydroelectric Cell, International J. of Hydrogen Energy Vo. 42, Issue 52, Nov. 2017
The environment is an important issue which needs extensive scientific investigations to understand causal mechanisms which change the state of environment and its consequences on health, livelihood, economy and climate. CSIR-NPL is among the pioneering institutions in India where research in this field has started several decades ago. Various research activities carried out in the division which includes:
Environmental Science and Metrology of Lower and Upper Atmosphere
- Providing Calibration of Ozone Analyzers using Primary Ozone Reference Standard
Preparation of Primary Gas Standards for Air Quality Measurements
Certified Reference Materials Developments for Pollutants Listed in National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Solar Radiation Flux Measurements
Measurement and Creating Inventory of Greenhouse Gases from Different Sources Like Paddy Fields, Biomass Burning and Others
Measurement of Trace Atmospheric Gases, Particulate Matter Related Air Pollution Problem
Chemical, Physical and Radiative Properties of Atmospheric Aerosols
Studies of Physical and Chemical Processes of Atmosphere
Metrology in Chemistry to Determine Different Elements and Compounds in Air and Water
Biomedical Equipment Standards Development and Certification
Spintronic Materials and Magnetic Standards for Industrial Metrology
Development of Recently Invented Green Energy Device – Hydroelectric Cell