India and US launches Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform (RETAP) under the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership in Delhi / Image: PIB
In order to expedite progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, India and the United States created the Renewable Energy Technology Action Platform (RETAP) in Delhi as part of the bilateral Strategic Clean Energy Partnership.
RETAP was announced on June 22, 2023, during a meeting in Washington between US President Joseph R. Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At the time, the two leaders announced an extension of their partnership on new and emerging technologies to accelerate the clean energy transition.
The platform, officially launched at a meeting between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, marks a rapid translation of the leaders’ vision into reality.
As per a release, RETAP will advance new and emerging renewable technologies with a view toward deployment and scaling. Its initial focus will be on green/clean hydrogen, wind energy, and long-duration energy storage, and to explore geothermal energy, ocean/tidal energy and other emerging technologies as mutually determined in the future, the release said.
DOE and MNRE outlined an initial work plan for the platform guided by five themes: research and 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.
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, the release added.