Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, Nihar worked at the California Public Utilities Commission's Office of Ratepayer Advocates. 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 Presidential Director 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 Clean Cooling Collaborative (formerly the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program or K-CEP) in China, India, ASEAN and various emerging economies. His other research interests include corporate disclosure of climate risk, anti-fragile strategy, circular economy, advanced manufacturing 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, PRI and numerous other publications. He serves on a number of advisory boards and committees and regularly advises multilateral institutions, financial institutions, governments, regulators and industry on a variety of energy technology and policy issues.
Efficiency improvement opportunities for televisions in India: Implications for market transformation programs
Understanding Optimal Engine Operating Strategies for Gasoline-Fueled HCCI Engines using Crank-Angle Resolved Exergy Analysis
Avoiding 100 New Power Plants by Increasing Efficiency of Room Air Conditioners in India: Opportunities and Challenges
Efficiency Improvement Opportunities for Personal Computer Monitors: Implications for Market Transformation Programs