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Australia-India join hands to reduce cost of new and renewable energy technologies

Ultra-low-cost solar and clean hydrogen technologies are priorities under Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap.

Australia and India have joined forces under a new low emissions technology partnership agreement.

This will help drive down the costs of new and renewable energy technologies in both nations.

The Letter of Intent on New and Renewable Energy Technology was agreed to by the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor and the Hon Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh, during the fourth India-Australia Energy Dialogue.

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This agreement recognises that both nations want zero emissions technologies to be cost-competitive with higher emitting alternatives.

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Image source: The Hon. Angus Taylor – Twitter.

Minister Taylor said the partnership reflects both government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners on low emissions technologies. 

“More than 90 per cent of solar cells globally use Australian technology. Over the next 10 years, India will be one of the largest adopters of solar technology in the world and Australian innovators are exceptionally well-placed to tap into this market.”

Ultra-low-cost solar and clean hydrogen technologies are priorities under Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap.

Minister Taylor said:

“We will work together with our close friends in India to advance these priority low emissions technologies, to strengthen industry and research links between our countries and unlock new economic opportunities. At the same time, we will continue to be a trusted supplier of coal and other traditional resources commodities to India.”

The Letter of Intent is part of the Morrison Government’s $565.8 million commitment to support new international partnerships that make low emissions technologies cheaper and drive investment in Australia-based projects to create up to 2,500 jobs. 

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Image source: Dr Alan Finkel AO – Aus Gov.

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology, said:

“International collaboration has a key role to play in deployment of technology, unlocking private investment and building diverse and resilient supply chains. Australia is working with key partner countries to help accelerate this effort.”

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The latest Letter of Intent builds on partnerships already entered into with Germany, Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom. 

Both Australia and India will also continue to collaborate through the Quad, G20, UNFCCC and the International Solar Alliance on the development and deployment of low emissions technologies in our region and across the globe.

The agreement follows the meeting between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the margins of QUAD discussions held in Washington DC in September 2021, where both leaders committed to progress a partnership.

PM Scott Morrison and Indian PM Narendra Modi in Chat: Picture Source: @PIB
PM Scott Morrison and Indian PM Narendra Modi in Chat: Picture Source: @PIB
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