Dharik Mallapragada


Research Scientist

Dharik Mallapragada is a Research Scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative, where he leads research activities to study decarbonization pathways and the role for emerging technologies in the electric power sector and beyond. Previously, Dr. Mallapragada worked at the ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research laboratory, where he contributed to research on power systems modeling and life-cycle assessment, and also led a research program to study energy trends in developing countries. Through his PhD program and nearly five years of research experience in the chemicals and energy industry, Dr. Mallapragada has worked on a range of sustainability-focused research topics, such as designing lightweight composite materials, carbon-efficient biofuel pathways, biomass to chemical production as well as developing novel tools for energy systems analysis. His research interests include the design of novel energy conversion processes and their integration into the energy system. He received his BS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and holds an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Sessions With Dharik Mallapragada

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 07:00am - 07:30am (CST) / 02/mar/2021 01:00 pm - 02/mar/2021 01:30 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: Low-carbon Hydrogen: Production technologies & costs

    Panel Clean Tech Digitalization Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    Interest in low-carbon hydrogen as a decarbonization tool reached unprecedented levels in 2020. This interest was driven by favorable policies and funding as well as the expectation of continuing cost reduction of low-carbon hydrogen, mostly “green” hydrogen—electrolysis of water powered by renewables. What are the main drivers behind the expected cost reduction? What obstacles remain to producing clean hydrogen? Could less-mature, low-carbon hydrogen technologies, such as solid oxide electrolysis or methane pyrolysis, be developed and be cost competitive?