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India and Argentina agree cooperation for biofuels, says MNRE

India renewable energy ministry MNRE announces two countries will cooperate across biofuel developments, wind power and solar energy

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Governor Antonio Bonafatti said he is confident cooperation across India and Argentina will open vistas for biofuels

India and Argentina have agreed to strengthen cooperation in renewable energy, including biofuels, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced. India’s MNRE has said the two countries will look at cooperating in biofuel developments, as well as wind power and solar energy.

The decision for the countries to “explore avenues for cooperation” in the biofuel, wind power and solar energy fields has been made during an Argentinian delegation’s visit to India, the MNRE said. The 39-member delegation from Argentina is on a three-day visit to India to explore strengthening cooperation in different areas, including renewable energy. 

The MNRE said a bilateral meeting was held between the delegation from Argentina and Farooq Abdullah, minister for new and renewable energy of the government of India. The Argentinian delegation was led by Antonio Bonafatti, governor of Santa Fe, Rosario Province, Argentina.

The MNRE said Bonafatti highlighted the “strength” of Argentina in the field of biofuel generation and expressed “confidence” cooperation between the two countries could “open new vistas for export of biofuels to India.” Simultaneously, Indian companies could invest in Argentina in solar energy and wind power, the MNRE said. 

The MNRE reports Farooq Abdullah underscored the important role India could play in developing wind energy and solar energy potential in Argentina. Abdullah also invited the Argentinian delegation to visit Rajasthan to look at the state’s wind power and solar energy power projects it has implemented.

The MNRE said: “Under the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission, an ambitious target of 1 lakh MW of solar power has been set up for the year 2022. India is the fifth largest wind energy producer in the world. It could give training to people from Argentina in solar energy, as well as wind power areas.”