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, and 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, regulators on energy policies and programs.
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
Avoiding 100 New Power Plants by Increasing Efficiency of Room Air Conditioners in India: Opportunities and Challenges
Efficiency improvement opportunities for televisions in India: Implications for market transformation programs