Prior to joining LBNL, Nihar worked at the California Public Utilities Commission. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Tech. in Thermal and Fluids Engineering and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in California.
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
Nihar Shah is the holder of the Presidential Directorship of the Global Cooling Efficiency Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, leading research on alternate refrigerants and energy efficiency for Heating, Ventilation, Airconditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment. He is also co-leader of the Emerging Economies Research Program. His other research interests include advanced manufacturing, circular economy and water technology and policy.
Nihar's work has been featured in various media including the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, Forbes Magazine, NPR, and numerous other publications. He regularly advises multilateral institutions, governments, industry, and regulators on energy technologies and policies.
Assessment of commercially available energy-efficient room air conditioners including models with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants
Opportunities for Simultaneous Efficiency Improvement and Refrigerant Transition in Air Conditioning
Cost-Benefit of Improving the Efficiency of Room Air Conditioners (Inverter and Fixed Speed) in India
Benefits of Leapfrogging to Superefficiency and Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants in Room Air Conditioning
Life-cycle implications and supply chain logistics of electric vehicle battery recycling in California