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
International Microgrid Assessment: Governance, INcentives, and Experience (IMAGINE) In the European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2013 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. Hyeres, France : European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2013.
Los Angeles Air Force Base Vehicle to Grid Pilot Project In ECEEE 2013 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. ECEEE, 2013.
Microgrid Reliability Modeling and Battery Scheduling Using Stochastic Linear Programming." Journal of Electric Power Systems Research 103 (2013): 61-69. "
Software-as-a-Service Optimised Scheduling of a Solar-Assisted HVAC System with Thermal Storage In 3rd International Conference on Microgeneration and Related Technologies. Naples, Italy, 2013.
Stochastic Programming of Vehicle to Building Interactions with Uncertainty in PEVs Driving for a Medium Office Building." In 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society . Vienna, Austria, 2013. "
Thermal Energy Storage for Electricity Peakdemand Mitigation: A Solution in Developing and Developed World Alike In ECEEE 2013 Summer Study 3–8 June 2013, Belambra Les Criques, France. Belambra Les Criques, France, 2013.
An Economic Analysis of Used Electric Vehicle Batteries Integrated into Commercial Building Microgrids." IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid 3 (2012). "
Building Distributed Energy Performance Optimization for China - a Regional Analysis of Building Energy Costs and CO2 Emissions In 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012. Pacific Grove, California, 2012.