Webinar: Solar + Energy Storage Opportunities in India

Webinar Content and Description

There is a strong need for energy storage for solar integration. MNRE is launching a National Energy Storage Mission for adressing the needs for energy storage at transmission level, at distribution level and campus microgrids as well as for off grid systems. India also saw various solar and energy storage tenders in last 2 years. This webinar will address the underlying techno-commercial trends in energy storage as well as provide insights into changing regulatory and  business models that is creating an unique opportunity. Webinar will cover applications such as solar smoothing, solar firming and island opportunities from around the globe.

If you are not able to attend, but interested in the presentations or webinar records, feel free to register here.

Quick Facts

Date Wednesday, November 8, 2018
Time 12:30pm IST / 8:00am CEST
Duration ca. 60 minutes
Fee Free of charge - limited participation
Speaker Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director, India Energy Storage Alliance
Language English

Speaker: Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA)

Rahul is President and Managing Director of Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. Rahul leads the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies as well as international markets. Rahul has been involved in evaluating economics of emerging technologies in deregulated electricity markets since 2004. His activities have covered complete range of smart grid, demand response, microgrid and energy storage technologies.

Rahul is founder and Executive Director for India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). He served as member of the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Association (ESA) in US during 2009-15 and was elected as Secretory in 2013. He was elected as Vice Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) in 2014.

Rahul is involved in providing inputs for demand response, energy storage & smart grid policy to government agencies in US and India as well as has provided inputs to multilateral agencies such as IRENA, IEA & ADB.


Moderator: Ravikumar Gurumurti – Intersolar India

Ravikumar is associated with the solar industry for over 35 years. He began his career as an R&D Engineer in the first solar company Central Electronics Ltd., Delhi and later headed the QA function.  He moved on to work with top solar companies Siemens Solar, Royal Dutch Shell Solar, Tata BP Solar and the global Semiconductor and PV Association SEMI. He has worked across the entire value chain including Manufacturing, QA, Standards, Sales and Marketing, Training and Customer Service. He was extensively involved in corporate CSR and Industry Promotion activities.  

He was associated with the first PV training program funded by the World Bank under which 200 Design Engineers and 600 technicians were trained over a three year period (1997-2000) as part of capacity building and market development program and which provided  strong basis for the development of IREDA funded projects and all subsequent National Programs and Initiatives.     
He was inducted in the panel of PV specialists at SECI and was actively involved in SECI funded projects. He was also in the panel of NISE and was engaged as a consultant by the World Bank to design PV training programs, preparatory to the launch of their Rooftop financing program.  

Ravikumar currently advises young entrepreneurs who have launched small enterprises in the rooftop space and is engaged in solar training programs for entrepreneurs, students, engineers in the utility segment, industry professionals and more. He is a guest faculty in National Institutes like NPTI, MGIRED and some engineering colleges including SDM College of Engineering. He is a consultant for Intersolar India and structures and organizes the well regarded conference.
Ravikumar, after completing his Master’s Degree in Physics and Electronics from the Madras University in 1978, joined IIT-Madras as a Research Assistant in the Semiconductor lab attached to the Electrical Engineering Department and worked on the successful development of ultra-sensitive silicon opto-electronic and silicon power devices.

Portrait of Intersolar India Webinar Moderator Ravikumar Gurumurti

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