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Arvind P. Ravikumar

Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

About Arvind

Ravikumar's research focuses on the technology, systems, and policies for sustainable energy development around the world. Ravikumar's current research interests include methane emissions from oil and gas development, the global climate impact of increasing LNG trade, large-scale pollution monitoring networks, policies to reduce oil and gas production and consumption, and energy transitions in India. Overarching themes in Ravikumar's writings revolve around technology and innovation, evidence-informed public policy, and the challenges of energy transitions under constrained resources. Ravikumar serves on the scientific advisory committees for government agencies, advises regulatory bodies on effective public policy, and provides regular testimony at congressional hearings.


In the News

Arvind P. Ravikumar quoted on impact of fracking ban by Josh Siegel and Abby Smith, "Daily on Energy: Democrats and GOP Look for Advantage in Fossil Fuel Fight in Saudi Attack Aftermath" Washington Examiner, September 17, 2019.


"Single-Blind Inter-Comparison of Methane Detection Technologies 2 – Results from the Stanford/EDF Mobile Monitoring Challenge" (with Sindhu Sreedhara, Jingfan Wang, Jacob Englander, Daniel Roda-Stuart, Clay Bell, Daniel Zimmerle, David Lyon, Isabel Mogstad, Ben Ratner, and Adam R. Brandt). Elementa 7, no. 1 (2019).

Reports on the first comprehensive single-blind evaluation of new mobile methane detection technologies on platforms such as trucks, drones, and planes. Finds the results from this study can be directly used by regulators to understand and integrate new technologies into methane mitigation policy frameworks.

"A Review of Close-Range and Screening Technologies for Mitigating Fugitive Methane Emissions in Upstream Oil and Gas" (with Thomas A. Fox, Thomas E. Barchyn, David Risk, and Chris H. Hugenholtz). Environmental Research Letters 14 (2019).

Notes that reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry is a critical pillar of climate policy in Canada. Notes recently, new technologies and platforms such as drones, planes, and satellites have promised better and more cost-effective leak detection. Undertakes a comprehensive review of all new technologies. Develops performance parameters. Highlights potential operational challenges, and provides a template for future methane policy that makes use of these advanced systems.

"“Good versus Good Enough?” Empirical Tests of Methane Leak Detection Sensitivity of a Commercial Infrared Camera" (with Jingfan Wang, Mike McGuire, Clay S. Bell, Daniel Zimmerle, and Adam R. Brandt). Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 4 (2018): 2368-2374.

Notes regulatory agencies across the US mandate the use of optical gas imaging camera to detect methane leaks at oil and gas facilities - such leak detection programs form the bulk of the government's policy to reduce methane emissions. Studies the performance of these widely-used cameras and show that their performance can vary widely depending on the operator. Finds effectiveness of methane mitigation policies, therefore, will critically depend on the appropriate use of these devices.

"Designing Better Methane Mitigation Policies: The Challenge of Distributed Small Sources in the Natural Gas Sector" (with Adam R. Brandt). Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 4 (2017).

Notes reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry is a critical component of fighting climate change. Shows that EPA overestimates emissions reduction from its policy, while also overestimating its costs.