U.S.-India launch renewable energy platform to expedite clean energy transition

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have joined forces to establish the U.S.-India Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform (RETAP) as an integral component of the strategic clean energy partnership. This platform, unveiled during a meeting between President Joseph R. Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeks to bolster bilateral cooperation on emerging technologies, driving the swift transition towards clean energy.

RETAP’s initial focus encompasses a spectrum of renewable energy domains, including green and clean hydrogen, wind energy, long-duration energy storage, geothermal energy, ocean/tidal energy, and other nascent technologies. The collaborative effort will be guided by five overarching themes: research and development, innovative technology piloting and testing, advanced training and skill enrichment, policy and strategy formulation for advancing renewable energy and associated technologies, and investment, incubation, and outreach initiatives.

This strategic endeavour marks a pivotal stride in propelling the deployment and expansion of novel and emergent renewable technologies. By facilitating the exchange of insights and expertise, both nations aim to cultivate technological breakthroughs in hydrogen, energy storage, wind, geothermal energy, and marine renewable energy sectors. Moreover, they will mutually share insights from their respective clean energy deployment endeavours.

The inauguration of RETAP signifies a pragmatic and time-sensitive approach to advance renewable energy technologies. It underscores the unwavering commitment of both the U.S. and India towards addressing climate change and realising sustainable development. Through this collaborative synergy, both nations are poised to accelerate the trajectory towards a greener and more sustainable future.

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