Portrait of Prakash Rao

Prakash Rao

High Tech and Industrial Systems
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R3111
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-3119
(510) 486-4410

Dr. Prakash Rao is a Principal Scientific Engineering Associate within the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Rao‘s research interests are to improve industrial energy and water efficiency across the US manufacturing sector through conducting analysis of sector and company specific energy efficiency improvement potential, assisting in the establishment of voluntary programs to reduce industrial energy and water consumption, assessing the energy efficiency improvement potential of the US industrial and commercial motor system base, developing energy management strategies for small to midsized manufacturers, and developing software tools and publications to promote energy efficiency opportunities. Prior to coming to LBNL, Dr. Rao received his doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University where he assisted in the field management duties of the US DOE Industrial Assessment Centers. Dr. Rao received his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Rao, Prakash, Paul Sheaffer, Aimee T. McKane, and Paul Scheihing. "Assessing Energy Efficiency Opportunities in US Industrial and Commercial Building Motor Systems." In Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems, 2015., 2016. Download: PDF (243.26 KB)


Therkelsen, Peter L., Prakash Rao, Aimee T. McKane, Ridah Sabouni, Yannick Tamm, and Paul Scheihing. "Development of an Enhanced Payback Function for the Superior Energy Performance Program." In 2015 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. Buffalo, NY, 2015. Download: PDF (800.05 KB)
Rao, Prakash, Aimee T. McKane, and Andre de Fontaine. "Energy Savings from Industrial Water Reductions." In 2015 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. Buffalo, NY, 2015. Download: PDF (365.81 KB)


Rao, Prakash, Ali Hasanbeigi, and Aimee T. McKane. "A Framework to Survey the Energy Efficiency of Installed Motor Systems." In 2013 Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013. Download: PDF (377.41 KB)

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