Masi Nagdee ’22
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Understanding Prospects for Indian Energy Infrastructure
Certificate(s): Statistics and Machine Learning, Technology and Society, Urban Studies
India’s energy economy will grow tremendously over the next few decades, and my project provided two distinct contributions to research on this issue. The first reviewed how much of the projected increases in energy use and carbon dioxide emissions related to cement, steel, fertilizer and chemicals production would likely be concentrated in developing economies. I combined a broad literature review of future scenarios with research into the opportunities for novel production technologies, which allowed me to estimate the extent to which emissions and energy use in these sectors could be limited. The second component contributed to a collaborative project developing models for energy-system change in the Indian state of Rajasthan. I analyzed and prepared data on the technological and spatial distribution of Rajasthan’s current electricity generation infrastructure. Through this, I helped design a system to compile and store equivalent information for India as a whole. The breadth of this work gave me a much greater appreciation of the wide range of stakeholders involved in bringing about environmental change. I will continue to research India’s energy sector through my junior independent work and apply statistical methods to improve electricity sector transition modeling.
Innovation and a New Energy Future
Lane Group, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University
Joe Lane, Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies