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, 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 California.
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, and regulators on energy technologies and policies.
Nihar Shah, Won Young Park
"Chinese policy leadership would cool global air conditioning impacts: Looking East." Energy Research & Social Science 66 (2020) 101570. .
"Lost in translation: Overcoming divergent seasonal performance metrics to strengthen air conditioner energy-efficiency policies." Energy for Sustainable Development 55 (2020) 56 - 68. .
"Improving the energy efficiency of room air conditioners in China: Costs and benefits." Applied Energy 258 (2020) 114023. .
Designing Policies and Programs to Accelerate High Efficiency Appliance Adoption. 2020. LBNL-2001369. .
"Electricity savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions from global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20.19 (2020) 11305 - 11327. .
Accelerating the Transition to More Energy Efficient Air Conditioners in Indonesia. 2020. LBNL-2001333. .
Model Regulation Guidelines for Energy-Efficient and Climate-Friendly Air Conditioners. Paris: UN Environment, 2019. .
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Volume 3: Decision XXX/5 Task Force Final Report on Cost and Availability of Low-GWP Technologies/Equipment that Maintain/Enhance Energy Efficiency. Vol. 3. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Programme, 2019. .
"The manufacturer economics and national benefits of cooling efficiency for air conditioners in Brazil." eceee 2019 Summer Study. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France, 2019. .
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Volume 4: Decision XXX/3 Task Force Report on Cost and Availability of Low-GWP Technologies/Equipment that Maintain/Enhance Energy Efficiency (Advance Copy). Vol. 4. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Programme, 2019. .
Challenges and Recommended Policies for Simultaneous Global Implementation of Low-GWP Refrigerants and High Efficiency in Room Air Conditioners. Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2019. .
Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 - Report and Executive Summary. World Meteorological Organization, 2018.
Decision XXIX/10 Task Force Report on Issues Related to Energy Efficiency While Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons. Vol. 5. Nairobi, Kenya: United National Environment Programme, 2018. .
Assessment of commercially available energy-efficient room air conditioners including models with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2017. 2001047. .
"Assessing the Cost-Effective Energy Saving Potential from Top-10 Appliances in India." 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL). 2017. .
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient and Climate-Friendly Air Conditioners. Paris, France: UN Environment, (U4E) Economy Division Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, 2017.