Nallapaneni Manoj Kumar is an interdisciplinary energy and sustainability engineer with a PhD in Energy and Environment (Digital Circular Economy), City University of Hong Kong. He has done two Masters, one in Renewable Energy Technologies from Karunya University and the other in Environmental Economics from Annamalai University. His doctoral dissertation was focused on blockchain, smart contracts and internet of things facilitated sustainable and resilient circular business models for electric vehicle (EVs), e-waste (solar and batteries), co-production of grapes and solar, and industrial symbiosis. Before joining the School of Energy and Environment, Nallapaneni worked as a Research Fellow at the Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia on the project focused on using solar photovoltaics as urban and rural infrastructure. Earlier to this he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, at Bharat Institute of Engineering and Technology affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad.
Dr. Nallapaneni's studies mainly focus on sustainable and resilient built environment with an emphasis on circular business models and emerging technologies across critical infrastructure sectors. He has worked on key sustainability challenges that include energy systems modelling and analysis, waste valorization and material passports, carbon accounting and pricing. He possesses an interdisciplinary skillset that includes performance analytics, techno-economics, life cycle assessment and nexus systems design, especially for the food-energy-water-waste nexus. His research works are real-time empirical and location or climate-specific studies.
Dr. Nallapaneni is an active member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) organizations and one of the founding directors of "SusSo (Sustainable Solutions) Foundation Cares", a Non-Profit Organization for uplifting public health in India and "Afro Intergreen Energy Limited", a private limited startup for digitalizing Africa's power sector.