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India and US launch Hydrogen Task Force

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Hydrogen Task Force

India and the United States jointly launched a hydrogen task force under their Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) to boost India’s energy security efforts.

This was informed by US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

About US-India Hydrogen Task Force:

  • The US India Hydrogen Task Force is a high-level bi-lateral collaboration between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
  • This Task Force was jointly launched by the DOE, MNRE, and the USISPF.
  • The Inaugural Session of the launch discusses high-level priorities for the task force.
  • It was attended by senior government officials from India and the US and representatives from US India Strategic Partnership Forum, the Secretariat for the Task Force.
  • It was constituted with the aim of serving as a forum to achieve affordable hydrogen solutions.
  • It seeks to enhance energy security & resilience by boosting up low or zero-carbon hydrogen technologies & deployment.

Key Details:

  • The Task Force will represent industry and government stakeholders and will mainly assess technology status, study innovative policy options and make recommendations.
  • It will bridge government research with unique industry perspectives which will help in reaching the goals of decarbonizing, high-polluting industrial sectors and achieving a greener & cleaner planet.
  • It will strengthen focused public, private cooperation between both the countries and make way for accelerated development & deployment of hydrogen energy technologies.
  • It will bring industries and academy together with an aim of integrating private sector inputs to bring latest technology & adopt business models to develop and deploy hydrogen technologies.

Background:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joseph Biden agreed to launch a high-level India-US Partnership during the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on April 22, 2021.
  • The partnership envisages bilateral cooperation on strong actions in the current decade to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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