India, the US unveil renewable energy technology action platform

Under the strategic clean energy partnership, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have unveiled the new US, India Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform (RETAP). The RETAP was introduced in the meeting held on June 22, 2023, in Washington DC. The US president and the Indian prime minister announced the extension of the partnership on novel and upcoming technologies to expedite the switch to sustainable energy.

The RETAP was created to advance bilateral cooperation with a technology-focused, result-oriented approach. With emphasis on implementation and scale, it aims to advance renewable technologies. The initial emphasis of RETAP will be on green hydrogen, wind energy, long-term energy storage, as well as the exploration of geothermal energy, tidal energy, and other developing technologies as mutually agreed upon in the future.

The MNRE and the DOE laid out the work schedule for the partnership on RETAP. The work is governed by five themes: research and development, carrying out pilots and test of new technologies, advanced training and skill building, policies and strategies for developing renewable energy technology and supporting technologies, and investment, incubation, and outreach efforts. The MNRE and the DOE plan to improve their cooperation on RETAP, by establishing a RETAP steering committee, collaborative working groups, and cooperation between subject matter experts.