Episode 534

534: How Better Battery-Based Energy Storage Will Save Power Grids, w/ Fluence’s Head of Growth, Kiran Kumaraswamy

Published on: 25th October, 2022

Kiran Kumaraswamy is a high-caliber energy storage executive focused on the commercialization of technology — specifically, architecting the techno-economic analysis and justification of deployment of hardtech like batteries. He’s had a lot of practice, which contributed in-part to his rise to Vice President of Growth and Head of Commercial Business at Fluence, a global energy storage technology and services company created and backed by Siemens and AES.

Kiran is an engineer who can translate technology to make it easy for customers to understand and teams to model and deploy. I was lucky enough to get an Hour with him at the recent RE-Plus show, so I dig into precisely how he has helped bring such transformative products and business models to life.

So, it’s a longer Tactical Tuesday than usual, but well-worth the investment.

After earning his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Madras in India and a master's in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he took a course in energy economics.

"That's how I learned about the beautiful nature of power markets, asset trading, and a bunch of related things," he said.

In today's Tactical Tuesday, Kiran shared insights on the "generational opportunities" created by the recently passed US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), stabilizing the supply chain, and how innovative technology is impacting the future of the potential $200 billion energy storage market in the United States. 

Today’s conversation was part of the RE+ PowerUp Media Zone, a live production of SunCast Media.

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