Chris Marnay is a retired Staff Scientist currently affiliated with the China Energy Group. He worked at Berkeley Lab for 29 years. He models economic-environmental problems related to likely future adoption patterns of small-scale distributed energy resources (DER), especially when clustered in microgrids exercising local semiautonomous control and able to island. He was a member of the Consortium of Electric Reliability Solutions (CERTS) team that proposed the CERTS Microgrid concept, and has published a large body of research on microgrid principles, economics, and applications. His work on DER led to development of the DER Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM), which finds optimum technology neutral combinations of equipment and operating schedules, given prevailing economic circumstances and available equipment descriptions, including multiple generation options, energy storage, and electric vehicles. DER-CAM has been used for numerous analyses and scheduling problems, including storage charging and discharging at the University of New Mexico Mechanical Engineering in Albuquerque. He has lectured widely on microgrid principles, economics, and demonstrations, chairs the annual International Microgrids Symposiums, and served as Convenor of CIGRÉ Working Group 6.22, Microgrid Evolution Roadmap. He has worked at the University of Texas at Austin, was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow at the University of Kitakyushu in 2006, and is an affiliate faculty member in U.C. Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group.
Development Studies, BA, UC Berkeley, 1981
Agricultural and Resource Economics, MS, UC Berkeley, 1983
Energy and Resources, PhD, UC Berkeley, 1993
"Techno-economic analysis of DC power distribution in commercial buildings." Applied Energy 230 (2018) 663 - 678. .
"A Review of Microgrid Development in the United States – a Decade of Progress on Policies, Demonstrations, Controls, and Software Tools." Applied Energy 228 (2018) 1656 - 1668. .
"A simulation-based efficiency comparison of AC and DC power distribution networks in commercial buildings." Applied Energy 210 (2018) 1167-1187. LBNL-2001160. .
"A simulation-based efficiency comparison of AC and DC power distribution networks in commercial buildings." Second International Conference on DC Microgrids. 2017. .
"MOD-DR: Microgrid optimal dispatch with demand response." Applied Energy 187 (2016). LBNL-1006770. .
"Benefit Analyses of Irvine Smart Grid Projects." CIGRE US National Committee 2016 Grid of the Future Symposium. Philadelphia, PA, 2016. .
"Benefits Analysis of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects." 2016 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CICED 2016). Xi'an, China, 2016. .
"Towards the Optimal Development of Low-Carbon Community Energy Systems." 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2016. .
"Influence of Occupancy-oriented Interior Cooling Load on Building Cooling Load." Applied Thermal Engineering 96 (2016) 411-420. LBNL-1004068. .
"Integrated control of dynamic facades and distributed energy resources for energy cost minimization in commercial buildings." Solar Energy 122 (2015) 1384–1397. LBNL-1003927. .
"Microgrid Evolution Roadmap Engineering, Economics, and Experience." 2015 International Symposium on Smart Electric Distribution Systems and Technologies (EDST15) 2015: 6 opages. LBNL-1003748. .
"Software-as-a-Service Optimal Scheduling of New Mexico Buildings." European Council on an Energy Efficient Economy 2015 Summer Study. 2015. LBNL-1001209. .
"Optimizing Distributed Energy Resources and Building Retrofits with the Strategic DER- CAModel." Applied Energy 132 (2014) 556-567. LBNL-6779E. .
"Regional Analysis of Building Distributed Energy Costs and CO2 Abatement: A U.S.–China comparison." Energy and Buildings 77 (2014) 112-129. LBNL-6678E. .
"International Microgrid Assessment: Governance, Incentives, and Experience (IMAGINE)." Energy Policy 67 (2014) 198-208. .
"Lessons from international experience for China's microgrid demonstration program." Energy Policy 67 (2014). .
"Optimal Deployment of Thermal Energy Storage Under Diverse Economic and Climate Conditions." Applied Energy 119 (2014) 488-496. LBNL-6645E. .
"Modeling of Thermal Storage Systems in MILP Distributed Energy Resource Models." Applied Energy 137 (2014) 782-792. LBNL-6757E. .
"Stochastic Programming of Vehicle to Building Interactions with Uncertainty in PEVs Driving for a Medium Office Building." 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society . Vienna, Austria, 2013. LBNL-6416E. .
"Microgrid Reliability Modeling and Battery Scheduling Using Stochastic Linear Programming." Journal of Electric Power Systems Research 103 (2013) 61-69. LBNL-6309E. .