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Ananth Chikkatur

Ananth Chikkatur

Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

 

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Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group; Former Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

 

 

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2014

2014

"Technology Innovation and Energy"

Journal Article, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

By Kavita Surana, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Ambuj D. Sagar, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Energy technology innovation is the key to driving the technological changes that are necessary to meet the challenge of mitigating energy-related greenhouse gas emissions to avoid 'dangerous climate change.' Success in innovation requires the enhancement of public investment in the innovation process, the creation of markets for low-carbon technologies through stronger climate policies, and a continued focus on energy access and equity.

 

2009

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July 6, 2009

"Sharing Global CO2 Emission Reductions Among One Billion High Emitters"

Journal Article, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

By Shoibal Chakravarty, Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Heleen de Coninck, Stephen Pacala, Robert Socolow and Massimo Tavoni

The 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) created a 2-tier world. It called upon the developed ("Annex I") countries to "take the lead" in reducing carbon emissions, and, under the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities," established no time frame for developing countries to follow. However, a consensus is now emerging in favor of low stabilization targets. These targets cannot be achieved without the participation of developing countries, which today emit about half of global CO2 emissions and whose future emissions increase faster than the emissions of industrialized countries under "business as usual" scenarios.

 

 

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"Sustainable Development of the Indian Coal Sector"

Journal Article, Energy

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Ambuj D. Sagar, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and T. L. Sankar

Increased availability of energy, especially electricity, is important for India to help advance economic and human development. Coal, which currently accounts for more than 50% of total primary commercial energy supply in the country and for about 70% of total electricity generation, is likely to remain a key energy source for India for at least the next 30–40 years. Thus, sustainable development of the Indian coal sector is necessary to ensure the ability to sustain the increased production of coal in the country and to do so in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

 

 

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February 2009

"Carbon Mitigation in the Indian Coal-Power Sector: Options and Recommendations"

Journal Article, Energy Procedia, issue 1, volume 1

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Ambuj D. Sagar, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Given coal's large contribution to India's emissions, it is important to explore options for reducing emissions from the Indian coal power sector. Even as India awaits stronger action by industrialized countries, several no-regrets options can still be instituted to position the Indian coal-power sector appropriately for an eventual deeper carbon mitigation strategy: (a) improve efficiency of generation, transmission and distribution, and end-use systems; (b) aggressively deploy higher-efficiency coal combustion technologies; (c) develop a strategic plan for technology innovation; (d) improve environmental regulations to keep open economic carbon capture options; and (e) invest in detailed geological assessment of carbon storage sites.

 

 

January 2009

Positioning the Indian Coal-Power Sector for Carbon Mitigation: Key Policy Options

Paper

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Ambuj D. Sagar, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

The domestic and international steps outlined in this paper could greatly advance the development and implementation of a GHG-mitigation strategy in the Indian coal-power sector, while allowing the sector to contribute suitably to the country’s energy needs. The key to success will be adopting a deliberate approach, with short- and long-term perspectives in mind, that allows for the development of an integrated energy and climate policy.

 

2008

October 2008

"A Resource and Technology Assessment of Coal Utilization in India"

Paper

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

This paper explores strategies for addressing CO2 emissions from using coal to provide electricity in India.

 

 

October 7, 2008

"Equity and Climate Policy: An Allocation Method Based on Individual Emissions"

Presentation

By Shoibal Chakravarty, Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Massimo Tavoni

The speakers presented a new framework for allocation of a global carbon reduction target among nations, in which "common but differentiated responsibilities" refers to the emissions of individuals, rather than of nations.

 

 

September 16, 2008

"Coal Use in India and China: Supply, Demand, and Generation"

Presentation

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

In this talk, Chikkatur presents India's and China's key energy challenges, challenges specific to the electricity and coal sectors, an overview of coal resources and reserves, and current and future coal technologies. Finally, Chikkatur suggests some key takeaways from his research.

 

 

August 19, 2008

"Challenges in Devising Better Environmental Policies in the Indian Coal Power Sector"

Presentation

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

In this talk, Chikkatur provides some background on Indian coal-power, dives into India's current emissions and regulations, its key policy issues, and finally he proposes a way forward for meeting the many challenges associated with India's coal.

 

 

May 24, 2008

"Need for an Integrated Energy Modelling Institution in India"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Economic and Political Weekly, issue 21, volume 43

By Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Shoibal Chakravarty

ETIP's Ananth Chikkatur and Princeton's Shoibal Chakravarty write in India's Economic & Political Weekly about that need for a government-supported statutory energy modeling institution - the Bureau of Energy Information and Analysis - that can develop in-house modeling and analysis capacity for India.

 

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