For over thirty years Dr. Lalit Chordia has pioneered the research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of supercritical fluid technology. Dr. Chordia is the founder and CEO of Thar Energy LLC.
Supercritical fluid is an environmentally friendly materials processing technology that uses temperature, pressure, and C02 to safely extract specific materials from products. Supercritical fluid C02 has net-zero global warming potential and zero ozone depletion potential and is used in the food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical, and energy industries.
Under Thar Energy, Dr. Chordia is developing a new power generation cycle that replaces water in a traditional power cycle with C02, increasing efficiency and making it more compact. Additionally, Thar Energy is developing equipment that converts any type of water—sewage water, sea water, or water from fracking—into potable water in a single-step process. He has also established the largest zero-pollution, all-organic algae processing facility in the United States, just outside of Pittsburgh in RIDC Park.
Dr. Chordia feels that the city must be more inclusive in its leadership positions to attract the right talent to keep Pittsburgh on the cutting edge. According to Dr. Chordia, “technology is going to help us lead the way and technology requires talent.” Pittsburgh needs the best and brightest worldwide.
His priorities for Pittsburgh’s future include strengthening educational opportunities in science and technology, increasing building’s energy efficiency through education, and for Pittsburgh to continue to be a green innovator. Dr. Chordia hopes to play a prominent role in Pittsburgh’s green future by solving the current water crisis. He says that if he can accomplish that, “it will be most satisfying.”
Dr. Lalit Chordia
President and CEO, Thar Process Inc. and Thar Energy LLC