Cabinet approves India, France MoU on renewable energy


The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the French Republic in renewable energy cooperation.

The MoU was signed in January 2021. It covers technologies related to solar, wind, hydrogen and biomass energy.

“The MoU entails training of scientific and technical personnel; exchange of scientific and technological information and data; organization of workshops and seminars; transfer of equipment, know-how, and technology; and development of joint research and technological projects,” according to a government release.

Notably, while the Indian government plans to launch a Hydrogen Energy Mission in FY 2021-22 for generating hydrogen from green power sources, the French government came up with a national strategy for the development of carbon-free hydrogen last year.

The French government wants 6.5 GW of hydrogen generation capacity by 2030, and has defined three hydrogen priorities.

Firstly, it wants to decarbonize the industry with a pathway to electrolysis for carbon-free fuel, rather than the generation of hydrogen from fossil fuels. In line with that aim, it is planning gigawatt-sized electrolyzer projects, according to a scheme similar to the battery plan.

The second priority is the development of hydrogen-fueled public transport and commercial goods vehicles – including trains and bin lorries – across large territories.

Third hydrogen priority is an R&D and skills development program across research institutes, universities and engineering schools.

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