Nihar Shah

Nihar Shah

Nihar Shah

Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-7553
Nihar Shah is Co-Leader of the Emerging Economies Research Program and the founding Director of LBNL's Cooling Efficiency Research Program leading research on alternate refrigerants and energy efficiency for Heating, Ventilation, Airconditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment. His other research interests include demand response, advanced manufacturing, and water policy and technology.

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 policies and programs.  

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.