A key element of any net zero strategy will be the development of commercially viable energy storage systems to supplement the increasing share of electricity that will be provided by variable renewable energy (VRE) systems. This Deep Dive Workshop will bring together experts working on the cost and performance of storage, businesses and utilities that are implementing commercial scale storage systems, and analysts studying opportunities and potential for scaling up the manufacturing of batteries in developing Asia.


  • Provide an overview of the technology, costs and performance of different energy storage options in developing Asia.
  • Share case studies of commercial battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Asia.
  • Provide a perspective on the developing market and investments into manufacturing of batteries for BESS in Asia.


4:00 - 4:03 p.m.

Session Introduction by Moderator

Peter du Pont, Co-CEO, Asia Clean Energy Partners

4:03 - 4:08 p.m.

Opening Remarks: Importance of Storage for Asia’s Energy Transition

Pradeep Tharakan, Director, Energy Transition, ADB

4:08 - 4:20 p.m.

Overview and State of Play on Energy Storage in Asia

Modini Yantrapati, Senior Energy Storage Consultant, APAC, DNV

4:20 - 4:36 p.m.

Case Studies of Battery Energy Storage System

South Asia’s First Grid-Scaled Energy Storage Project: Case study of New Delhi

Lalit Wasan, Head of Department - Power System Control, Tata Power- DDL

Designing a Grid-Connected Battery Energy Storage System: Case Study of Mongolia

Ulziibayar Zandan, Head of Dispatching Department, Ulaanbaatar Branch, National Power Transmission Grid State Owned Stock Company

4:36 - 4:52 p.m.

Battery Manufacturing

Manufacturing of Batteries in ASEAN

Jon Canto, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, Philippines

Indigenization of Battery Manufacturing in India

Somesh Kumar, E&Y India Power & Utilities Leader

4:52 - 5:30 p.m.

Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A



Peter du Pont

Peter du Pont

Co-CEO, Asia Clean Energy Partners

Pradeep Tharakan

Pradeep Tharakan

Regional Advisor (Energy Transition Finance) for South Asia, Asian Development Bank

Modini Yantrapati

Modini Yantrapati

Senior Energy Storage
Consultant, DNV

Lalit Wasan

Lalit Wasan

Head of Department- Power System Control, Tata Power - Delhi Distribution Limited

Ulziibayar Zandan

Ulziibayar Zandan

Head of Dispatching Department - Ulaanbaatar Branch, National Power Transmission Grid State Owned Joint Stock Company

Jon Canto

Jon Canto

Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Somesh Kumar

Somesh Kumar

Power and Utilities Leader, Ernst & Young India

About the Organizers

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development.

Asia Clean Energy Partners is an international consultancy that supports the design and scale-up of effective clean energy initiatives. We provide services in the area of market and policy research; program design and support, project coaching and preparation; mobilization of financial resources for climate and clean energy projects; and communications, network development, and convening.