Archan Rao

Global Head, Energy Products
Tesla Motors

Archan is an engineer and entrepreneur with expertise in research, development and commercialization of energy technologies. Currently, he is the global head of Product Management & Sales Engineering for the energy storage group at Tesla. Leveraging Tesla's expertise in batteries, Tesla Energy is developing a scalable platform for grid-connected storage applications. Previously, he was a co-founder at Verdigris Technologies, a technology company developing an energy monitoring & efficiency platform. Prior to co-founding Verdigris he worked on electricity markets focusing on the impact of policy scenarios, the integration of renewables, and the economics of deregulated markets. As a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley he also worked on modeling the economic impacts of emerging energy technologies on the US electricity grid. Formerly, he was a founding engineer at Joby Energy where he co-developed novel wind energy systems. While at Joby he researched and published one of the first detailed maps of global wind energy potential using meteorological datasets. His graduate research was focused on Energy Systems at Stanford University, where he received a master’s in Mechanical Engineering.