Shankar Earni is a researcher, engineer and technical expert in the Building and Industrial Applications Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he supports the Department of Energy (DOE) in their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the commercial and industrial sectors.
Prior to joining LBNL, Shankar worked as a Senior Performance Assurance Specialist at Johnson Controls Inc. where he was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy projects in commercial buildings. He also led and participated in several energy audits for industrial and commercial sectors to identify energy and productivity savings.
Shankar has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Management from Oklahoma State University, and Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University in India. He has played a key role in developing various resources, tools, and technical publications related to energy efficiency and decarbonization for commercial buildings and the industrial sector.
Shankar is also a member of the IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol) committee, which is responsible for improving the state of measurement and verification practices.
Spot: Industrial Technology Validation Team - August 18th 2021
2018 R&D 100 Award: eProject Builder - November 16th 2018
eProject Builder (ePB) is a secure, web-based data management portal for the energy service company (ESCO) industry. The system comprises two key components: an Excel-based project proposal template where users develop project financial performance scenarios and upload project-level data; and the online system, where projectlevel data is uploaded and tracked on an ongoing basis, and from which users can generate useful statistics for benchmarking, reporting, and responding to audits. ESCOs and their customers face several challenges managing data, including lack of standardization and transparency and inconsistent project performance tracking. eProject Builder provides a novel system to manage the way retrofit projects are proposed, tracked and benchmarked—through data standardization across markets and organizations, preservation of and ready access to project and portfolio-level performance data, and user-friendly reporting and tracking tools. eProject Builder was designed to transform the way the entire ESCO industry and its customers manage project data—to increase transparency and accountability; empower agencies to make more informed decisions using reliable, comparable data; and ultimately reduce barriers to tapping a $100+ billion ESCO industry market potential.