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 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, governments, regulators and industry on a variety of energy technology and policy issues.
Ensuring the climate benefits of the Montreal Protocol: Global governance architecture for cooling efficiency and alternative refrigerants
Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer report of the technology and economic assesment panel volume 4: decision XXXI/7 - continued provision of information on energy-efficient and low-global-warming-potential technologies.
Technical Note on Quality and Performance Metrics of Cooling Products for East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Lost in translation: Overcoming divergent seasonal performance metrics to strengthen air conditioner energy-efficiency policies