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
Lessons Learned From Incentive Programs for Efficient Air Conditioners: A Review. 2015. LBNL-191145. .
"Cooling the Growth of Air Conditioners Energy Consumption." ECEEE 2015 Summer Study on energy efficiency. Hyères, France, 2015. LBNL-184253. .
"Considerations in Standardization for Demand Response Ready Air Conditioners in India." India Smart Grid Week 2015. Bangalore, India, 2015. LBNL-6968E. .
"Life-cycle implications and supply chain logistics of electric vehicle battery recycling in California." Environmental Research Letters 10.1 (2015). .
"Superefficient Refrigerators: Opportunities and Challenges for Efficiency Improvement Globally." 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, Ca, 2014. .
"Efficiency improvement opportunities for ceiling fans." Energy Efficiency 8.1 (2014) 37-50. .
"Key Factors Influencing Autonomous Vehicles’ Energy and Environmental Outcome." Road Vehicle Automation. 2014. 127-135. .
"Understanding Optimal Engine Operating Strategies for Gasoline-Fueled HCCI Engines using Crank-Angle Resolved Exergy Analysis." Applied Energy 114 (2014) 155-163. .
Energy Efficient Refrigerators Incentive Program Options for South Africa. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2013. LBNL-6536E. .
"Efficiency Improvement Opportunities in TVs: Implications for Market Transformation Programs." Energy Policy 59 (2013) 361-372. .
Potential Global Benefits of Improved Ceiling Fan Energy Efficiency. 2013. LBNL-5980E. .
"Trading Appliance Efficiency for Electricity Subsidies: The Potential in Emerging Economies." ECEEE 2013 Summer Study. Belambra Les Criques, France, 2013. .
"Efficiency Improvement Opportunities for Personal Computer Monitors: Implications for Market Transformation Programs." Energy Efficiency 6 (2013) 545-569. LBNL-5533E. .
"Addressing Water Consumption of Evaporative Coolers with Greywater." 2012. LBNL-5532E. .
TV Energy Consumption Trends and Energy-Efficiency Improvement Options. 2011. LBNL-5024E. .