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
"Software-as-a-Service Optimised Scheduling of a Solar-Assisted HVAC System with Thermal Storage." 3rd International Conference on Microgeneration and Related Technologies 2013. LBNL-6127E. .
"International Microgrid Assessment: Governance, INcentives, and Experience (IMAGINE)." the European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2013 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency 2013. LBNL-6159E. .
"Applications of Optimal Building Energy System Selection and Operation." Institution of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Power and Energy Special Issue (2013). LBNL-6302E. .
"Electric Storage in California's Commercial Buildings." Applied Energy Journal (2013). LBNL-6071E. .
"Los Angeles Air Force Base Vehicle to Grid Pilot Project." ECEEE 2013 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency 2013. LBNL-6154E. .
"Building Distributed Energy Performance Optimization for China - a Regional Analysis of Building Energy Costs and CO2 Emissions." 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012 2012. LBNL-81770. .
"Microgrid Dispatch for Macrogrid Peak-Demand Mitigation." 2011 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2012. LBNL-81939. .
"Modeling of Plug-in Electric Vehicles' Interactions with a Sustainable Community Grid in the Azores." 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012 2012. LBNL-81767. .
"Multi-building microgrids for a distributed energy future in Portugal." International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2012 2012. LBNL-81766. .
International Microgrid Assessment: Governance, INcentives, and Experience (IMAGINE). Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012. .
"Optimal Planning and Operation of Smart Grids with Electric Vehicle Interconnection." Journal of Energy Engineering, Special Issue: Challenges and opportunities in the 21st century energy infrastructure 138.2 (2012) 95-108. LBNL-5251E. .
"Building Scale DC Microgrids." 2012 IEEE Energytech 2012. LBNL-5729E. .
"An Economic Analysis of Used Electric Vehicle Batteries Integrated into Commercial Building Microgrids." IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid 3 (2012). .
A Green Prison: The Santa Rita Jail Campus Microgrid. 2012. LBNL-5345E. .
Lessons Learned from Microgrid Demonstrations Worldwide. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012. LBNL-5825E. .
"Web-Based Economic and Environmental Optimization of Microgrids." 2012 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C., USA, 2012. LBNL-6354E. .
"Analysis of electric interconnection with commercial building." 2011. LBNL-4559E. .
"A Framework for the Evaluation of the Cost and Benefits of Microgrids." CIGRÉ International Symposium, The electric power system of the future - Integrating supergrids and microgrids. Bologna, Italy : LBNL, 2011. LBNL-5025E. .
"Future Roles of Milli-, Micro-, and Nano- Grids." CIGRÉ International Symposium The electric power system of the future - Integrating supergrids and microgrids. Bologna, Italy: LBNL, 2011. .
"Modeling Electric Vehicle Benefits Connected to Smart Grids." 7th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference. Chicago, IL : LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4929E. .
"A Green Prison: Santa Rita Jail Creeps Towards Zero Net Energy (ZNE)." ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France, 2011. LBNL-4497E. .