In order to further facilitate steady growth of the energy industry, the India Energy Storage Alliance has announced the formation of its Leadership Council (LC). Individual representatives from Leadership Circle member companies constitute the Leadership Council and aim to lead different IESA working groups and drive IESA towards its priorities with a focus on policy. They will take on a lead role to create a platform for Indian and foreign companies to exchange and collaborate technology development, trade negotiations and investments.
Presently, the council consists of five members representing five leading companies in this space. These leaders will work together on the overall policy and programme direction for India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), developing the Indian Energy storage industry beyond individual company business.
Mr. Manish Kumar - AES Open or Close
Mr. Manish Kumar, MD, represents AES Energy Storage. AES started as one of the first independent power producers in the United States and is now a major supplier of power in 18 countries around the world. They have recently entered into an agreement with Panasonic to install a battery-based energy storage project of 10 MW at Jhajjar, Haryana. In 2017, AES and Mitsubishi Corp have partnered to supply a 10 MW Advancion energy storage bank to help integrate renewables such as solar into a grid network operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) in New Delhi.
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar - CES Open or Close
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President and MD, Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and Executive Director, IESA, leads the IESA leadership council. Rahul is leading the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with a focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Association (ESA) in USA during 2009-15 and was elected as Secretary in 2013. He was elected as Vice Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) in 2014. In May 2014, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) nominated him on the standing committee for energy storage and hybrids. Institution of Engineering (India), Pune Chapter awarded him the prestigious “DSK Energy Award” for contributions in the field of renewable energy in 2015.
Other leadership council members include Mr. Manish Kumar, MD, AES Energy Storage; Mr. Madhusudan Khemka, Chairperson and MD Regen Powertech; Dr. Sudhakar Potukuchi, VP-Technology, Eaton; Mr. Kevin Bligh, CFO, Vionx Energy Corporation.
Dr. Sudhakar Potukuchi - Eaton Open or Close
Dr. Sudhakar Potukuchi is VP-Technology at Eaton and head of Eaton India Engineering Center. Eaton India Engineering Center (EIEC) is the largest integrated, multidisciplinary research, development, and engineering center in Eaton. In his current role, Dr. Potukuchi is responsible for fostering a culture of innovation at EIEC and to lead the teams for Eaton’s global growth by providing engineering solutions using pertinent technologies, developing new technologies and products and supporting existing products. Prior to this, he was head of Aerospace and Hydraulics groups at EIEC and a founding member of India Innovation Center. Prior to joining Eaton, Dr. Potukuchi has held various positions at General Electric. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, U.S. Dr. Potukuchi completed a post-graduate executive MBA in management from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2012.
Madhusudhan Khemka - ReGen Open or Close
Madhusudhan Khemka, Chairperson and MD, represents Regen Powertech which is among the largest manufacturers of multi megawatt gearless WECs with permanent magnet technology in the Indian market. Mr. Khemka as over two decades of rich and in-depth experience in all aspects of Wind Energy Converters including their Manufacturing, Marketing, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, General Management, etc. He has been instrumental in pioneering the market for wind energy in India. Mr. Khemka is also serving as an Executive Committee member of Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA).
Mr. Kevin Bligh - Vionx Open or Close
Mr. Kevin Bligh joined as a member of the executive council, representing Vionx Energy Corporation – a leader in grid-scale batteries - of which he is the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kevin is a seasoned Financial Executive experienced in meeting corporate goals while mitigating financial risks and ensuring long-term viability. Vionx Energy’s breakthrough Vanadium Flow battery brings together a 6-10 hour runtime with optimized storage capacity and long-term power output.