On 24 May 2023, India and Australia reiterated a shared ambition on green hydrogen with the exchange of the agreed Terms of Reference for the India-Australia Green Hydrogen Taskforce.
The Taskforce will be comprised of Australian and Indian experts in green hydrogen. It will report to the India-Australia Ministerial Energy Dialogue on trade, commercial and research opportunities between the two countries through the manufacture and deployment of green hydrogen.
The Terms of Reference were signed by Secretary David Fredericks of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water and Secretary Bhupinder Singh Bhalla of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Co-Chairs for the India - Australia Green Hydrogen Taskforce have been appointed, Dr Patrick Hartley from Australia and Dr Ashish Lele from India.
Dr Patrick Hartley is the leader of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Hydrogen Industry Mission and has excellent links with Australia’s hydrogen research and business community.
Dr Ashish Lele, is a Senior Vice President & Head, Advanced Materials and Alternative Energy Group, Reliance Industries Limited and currently the Director of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.
Full membership of the Taskforce has now been confirmed. Membership comprises 3 members from each country.
Along with Dr Hartley, the Australian members are:
- Prof Rose Amal AC FAA FTSE, who is one of Australia’s most respected chemical engineers and Co-Director of Australian Research Centre of Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobH2E). Prof Amal is a Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales.
- Ms Gemma Harrison, an emerging Australian hydrogen leader and engineer. Ms Harrison is a Business Development Manager for Ampol Australia.
- Mr Kobad Bhavnagri, is an expert on the energy transition with engineering and management consulting experience. Mr Bhavnagri is the Global Head of Strategy at BloombergNEF, an independent research firm.
Along with Dr Lele, the Indian members are:
- Prof S Dasappa, a leading Indian energy scientist with hydrogen research projects. Prof Dasappa is Chair and Professor of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research (ICER), Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
- Mr Sushil Borde, the Head of Innovation at Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune 500 Company and the largest private sector firm in India.
- Mr Kapil Bansal, an energy and environmental consultant with over two decades of experience. Mr Bansal is Partner at EY Energy, Transition and Decarbonisation in India.
The Taskforce’s areas of initial focus will be:
- hydrogen electrolysers
- production of green hydrogen and fuel cell manufacture
- supporting infrastructure
- standards and regulations.
As a key outcome, they will provide advice and recommendations to the Government on opportunities to further the development of the hydrogen industry.