Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, 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 the State of California.
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
Nihar Shah is the Deputy Head of the International Energy Analysis Department and 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, including Berkeley Lab's research in support of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program. He is also co-leader of Berkeley Lab's Emerging Economies Program. His other research interests include advanced manufacturing, circular economy, water technology and policy and corporate disclosure of climate and energy transition risk.
Nihar's work has been featured in various media including the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, Forbes Magazine, NPR, PRI and numerous other publications. He serves on a number of advisory boards and committees and regularly advises multilateral institutions, governments, regulators and industry on a variety of energy technology and policy issues.
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