Our vision is to contribute to make India’s economic development self-sustained as far as requirements of clean energy are concerned. Over a period of time, we must work for a gradual shift from economic activity based on fossil fuels to one based on non-fossil fuels, and from reliance on non-renewable and depleting sources of energy to renewable sources of energy. A massive challenge of 21st century will be the development of efficient and sustainable means of energy conversion, distribution and storage. Electrochemical energy storage and conversion will play a key role in any future scenario, especially for transportation and bulk electricity generation which provides alternative solution for pollutions, greenhouse effect and dependency on oil producing countries. Electrochemical storage technologies are supposed to provide solution to decentralized units as well as to stationary use. Present form of any of the electrochemical device is not suitable owing to their high cost, less safety and poor longevity. It is thus necessary to reduce capital cost and to enhance the service life, and reliability of electrochemical energy storage systems.
In order to ensure that above mentioned technologies fulfil demands of developing nation like India, at Energy Storage Laboratory, Department of Physics, IIT Roorkee, cross-cutting research is undertaken with special emphasis on the synthesis and characterization of multi-functional and nanostructured energy materials and devices, backed by sound theory of the physico-chemical phenomena and processes that occur at the molecular scale in these systems. Our research group has a bunch of enthusiastic researchers whose focus on advancing the science of high-performance and economical energy storage devices. We are particularly interested in understanding the interplay between kinetic, transport, and degradation phenomena of rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors under realistic operating conditions. Then, based on this knowledge, we used to design and evaluate electrochemically-active materials, and to conceptualize and develop new electrochemical processes and systems.