US and India set up hydrogen task force

In what may provide a push to India’s energy security efforts, a US-India hydrogen taskforce has been launched under the aegis of Strategic Energy Partnership, according to a statement from US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) on Friday.

Leveraging India’s landmass and green energy sources for exporting green hydrogen is one of the steps for achieving energy sufficiency for the country, according to a draft proposal circulated by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), for the planned National Hydrogen Energy Mission as reported by Mint earlier.

“On June 17, 2021, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, along with the US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), launched the US-India Hydrogen Task Force, under the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP),” the statement said.

India and US launched the Strategic Energy Partnership in New Delhi in April 2018. Four working groups have been created under the Strategic Energy Partnership—oil and gas, power and energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development. The inaugural meeting of the US-India Strategic Energy Partnership was held in April 2018 in New Delhi and was attended by then US energy secretary Rick Perry, who had pitched the US as a preferred energy partner.

“The Inaugural Session, discussing the high-level priorities for the task force was attended by senior government officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Government of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Ministry of Science and Technology

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