Walawalkar, Dr. Rahul

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar
President & MD,
Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and India Energy Storage Alliance

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar is President & MD of Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. He leads the Emerging Technologies domain for Customized Energy Solutions globally, which under his leadership has emerged as a thought leader in the areas of energy storage, renewables, demand response, electric vehicles, and smart grid technologies.

A strong votary of improving energy storage and e-mobility in India, Rahul founded the India Energy Storage Alliance in 2012 and continues to serve as its President. He served as board member for Energy Storage Association, USA during 2009-15 and currently serves as the Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance.

He served as member of national taskforce for renewable integration by Central Electricity Authority & Ministry of Power between 2013-14. In 2014, he was nominated as part of the Standing Committee on Energy Storage and Hybrid systems by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. During 2018-19 he has worked on drafting the national energy storage mission and battery manufacturing mission for MNRE and NITI Aayog.

Under Rahul’s leadership, Customized Energy Solutions’ has received numerous awards including IPPAI Power Innovation Award for creation of India Energy Storage Alliance in 2016-17, Brad Roberts Award for outstanding industry contribution by Energy Storage Association (USA) in 2016, USAID’s PACEsetter Fund Award for MICRO initiative in 2016 & 2019 and CII Innovative Energy Services Award for Tata Power Demand Response program in 2012. In 2018, he was also recognized with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) President’s Award for outstanding contribution to growth of smart grids in India. He is the recipient of Energy Storage Crusader Award from Renewable Energy India Expo in 2017, Institution of Engineers (India) Energy Award in 2014 and Computer Society of India’s Young IT Professional Award for 2000 and 2001.

Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and Master’s degree in Energy Management from NYIT, United States and B.E. from Walchand College of Engineering, India.