To learn more about solar development, I took one year of classes at IIT Delhi in developing renewable energy projects, solar architecture, the economics and planning of energy systems and project management. I also worked for two months with ReNew Power, which is one of the largest renewable energy development companies in India.
Energy storage is essentially the next key technology that will enable renewable energy to reach its pinnacle. To explore and understand the economics and applications of this technology, I worked on the energy storage team at a leading New Delhi think-tank called the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) for 3 months. I also performed field work exploring the operations of a company, Lohum Batteries, to acquire a cleaner understanding of the energy storage supply chain and the economics of battery systems.
In India, where the rural demographic makes up two-thirds of India's total population, providing clean energy access to underserved areas has become a huge focus area. Through my project, I engaged a few very successful rural energy development companies (many in the IFC Lighting Asia portfolio), to understand which business models are proving effective in making a positive impact in the rural communities.
The grid enables the movement of electricity and as a result its operations are fundamental in order for renewables to be integrated successfully over the long term. To explore these concepts, I engaged in in-depth literature reviews and interviewed some of the leading regulatory and academic experts to get a deeper understanding of the system level impacts of grid integration. I am in the process of writing more in-depthly on this topic.