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 also leads research on alternate refrigerants and energy efficiency for Heating, Ventilation, Airconditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment including product-specific techno-economic analysis efforts on the costs of energy efficiency of 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.




Shah, Nihar, EE Task Force, and UNEP TEAP. 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.
Abhyankar, Nikit, Nihar Shah, Virginie E Letschert, and Amol A Phadke. "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.