The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have launched the new U.S. – India Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform (RETAP) under the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership. RETAP was announced during the June 22, 2023 meeting between US president Joseph R. Biden and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when the two leaders announced the expansion of collaboration on new and emerging technologies to accelerate the clean energy transition.
The RETAP was established to take bilateral collaboration further with a result-oriented, time-bound technology-focus. It is intended to advance new and emerging renewable technologies with a view toward deployment and scaling.
RETAP’s initial focus will be on green/clean hydrogen, wind energy, long-duration energy storage, and exploration of geothermal energy, ocean/tidal energy and other emerging technologies as mutually determined in the future.
DOE and MNRE outlined an initial workplan regarding RETAP collaboration. Work is guided by five themes: Research & development; piloting and testing of innovative technologies; advanced training and skill development; policy and planning for advancing RET and enabling technologies; and investment, incubation and outreach programmes.
During the meeting, the delegations shared information about emerging technology developments in each country, including hydrogen, energy storage, wind, geothermal energy, and marine renewable energy technologies, and clean energy deployment programs.
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