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Meeting held to Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform under US - India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership RETAP
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Meeting held to Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform under US - India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 31 Aug 2023, 12:32 am

New Delhi: India and the United States held a meeting on Tuesday to launch the new U.S. - India Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform (RETAP) under the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNREP) said.

RETAP was announced during the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Modi on June 22, 2023 in Washington D. C., where the two leaders announced the expansion of collaboration on new and emerging technologies to accelerate the clean energy transition.

“This launch marks rapid translation of the leaders’ vision into reality,” said the ministry.

Led by DOE Deputy Secretary David Turk and MNRE Secretary Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, the RETAP was established to take bilateral collaboration further with a result-oriented, time-bound technology focus.

RETAP’s initial focus is to be on green/clean hydrogen, wind energy, long long-duration energy storage, and to explore geothermal energy, ocean/tidal energy and other emerging technologies as mutually determined in the future.

DOE and MNRE outlined an initial work plan regarding RETAP collaboration. It will be guided by five themes—Research & Development; Piloting & Testing of Innovative Technologies; Advanced Training & Skill Development; Policy and Planning for Advancing RET and enabling technologies; 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.

Going forward, DOE and MNRE intend to enhance RETAP collaboration, including potentially through the creation of a RETAP Steering Committee, joint working groups and collaboration among subject matter experts.

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