Ministers from India, the US, the UAE, Denmark, and Australia will participate in the virtual conference

Emerging hydrogen ecosystems and opportunities for collaboration, cooperation and coalition will be discussed at the inaugural “Hydrogen Economy - the Indian Dialogue-2021” which will be held in virtual mode on Thursday.

The first of its kind Hydrogen Roundatble is being organised by The Energy Research Institute (TERI) and the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI), under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

It will begin with a High-level Ministerial Session, followed by five Panel Discussions by eminent policy makers, experts and industry leaders from different geographical regions of the world.

The focus of the discussions will be on policy roadmaps and mapping demand and supply of hydrogen, the Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry noted that "as the world chases its international climate commitments and takes steps to counter climate change, Hydrogen is gaining increasing importance as a source to bridge energy gaps and also as a standalone source to conventional fuels"

India's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan will deliver inaugural keynote.

This will be followed by keynotes from Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE, Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Australia, Angus Taylor, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Denmark, Dan Jørgensen, and Deputy Secretary of Energy, United States,David M. Turk.

They will present their insights on policy roadmaps, and demand and supply dynamics. A separate session is devoted to India's Hydrogen Mission.

The objective of the Roundtable is to understand the progress of Hydrogen ecosystem across continents and contribute to creating synchrony among the thinktanks, Governments and the industry to join forces for developing innovative and sustainable technologies at attractive costs.

The Hydrogen Roundtable will have 25 panelists from15 countries, discussing the potential of Hydrogen from multiple sources and its relevance in national energy transitions. The Roundtable is expected to have around 3,000 participation around the globe, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said in its statement.