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
A Green Prison: Santa Rita Jail Creeps Towards Zero Net Energy (ZNE)." In ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France, 2011. "
Analysis of electric interconnection with commercial building. Electric Vehicle Integration Into the Smart Grid of the Future - G2V & V2G Forum, UCLA, 2011.
Analysis of electric vehicle interconnection with commercial building microgrids." In UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum April 6, 2011. Los Angeles, CA : LBNL, 2011. "
Application of the Software as a Service Model to the Control of Complex Building Systems." In ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France: LBNL, 2011. "
Applications of Optimal Building Energy System Selection and Operation." In Microgen’II: Second International Conference of Microgeneration and Related Technologies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-6 Apr 2011. Glasgow, Scotland 4-6 Apr 2011: LBNL, 2011. "
Assessment of the Economic Potential of Microgrids for Reactive Power Supply." In ICPE2011-ECCE Asia 8th International Conference on Power Electronics . Jeju, Korea : LBNL, 2011. "
Distributed Energy Resource Optimization Using a Software as Service (SaaS) Approach at the University of California, Davis Campus. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2011.
Evaluation of evolving residential electricity tariffs." In ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France: LBNL, 2011. "
Future Roles of Milli-, Micro-, and Nano- Grids." In CIGRÉ International Symposium The electric power system of the future - Integrating supergrids and microgrids. Bologna, Italy: LBNL, 2011. "
Integration & Operation of a Microgrid at Santa Rita Jail." In Jeju 2011 Symposium on Microgrids, Jeju Island, Korea, May 27 - 28, 2011. Jeju, Korea: LBNL, 2011. "