The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has signed a strategic agreement with India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to strengthen their collaboration on renewable energy.

Under the terms of the agreement, IRENA will expedite the exchange of knowledge on upscaling renewable energy and related technologies.

IRENA will also support India’s decarbonisation efforts through the development of domestic green hydrogen.

In addition, MNRE and IRENA will work together to explore the role of green hydrogen in the energy transition and as a new source of national energy exports.

India has begun developing its National Green Hydrogen Mission, which is intended to fuel competitive green hydrogen production, storage, distribution and application technologies.

MNRE Secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi said: “India’s commitment to the cause of renewables is very well-known and our record speaks for itself.

“We hope to make full use of the strategic partnership agreement and draw fully upon the expertise of IRENA in the area of renewable energy.”

IRENA director-general Francesco La Camera said: “India is a renewable energy powerhouse and a country whose energy transition actions speak louder than their words.

“As a key global actor in the shift to renewables and a founding member of IRENA, India has played a major role in international energy cooperation.

“This partnership represents a new chapter in an already strong relationship as the country looks to advance its transition and capitalise on emerging new technologies.”

Last year, IRENA signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Space Agency (ESA) to support the energy transition in space activities.

The two agencies will use space-based services and products to improve energy access, electrification modelling, renewable resource mapping and smart grid planning in an effort to ensure ‘sustainable long-term socioeconomic development within planetary boundaries’.