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
Added Value of Reliability to a Microgrid: Simulations of Three California Buildings. Berkeley: LBNL, 2009.
Added Value of Reliability to a Microgrid: Simulations of Three California Buildings." In Cigré Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System, July 29-31, 2009, 7. Calgary, Canada, 2009. "
Control of Carbon Emissions in Zero-Net-Energy Buildings by Optimal Technology Investments in Smart Energy Systems and Demand-Side-Management In 32nd IAEE International Conference, Energy, Economy, Environment: The Global View. Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Francisco, 2009.
Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Optimal DER Technology Investment and Energy Management in Zero-Net-Energy Buildings." European Transactions on Electrical Power Vol. 21, no. Issue 2 (2009): 27. "
Greenhouse Gas Abatement with Distributed Generation in California's Commercial Buildings In 6th Annual California Climate Change Research Symposium. Sacramento Convention Center, 2009.
Greenhouse Gas Abatement with Distributed Generation in California's Commerical Buildings." In 10th IAEE European Conference, Energy, Policies and Technologies for Sustainable Economies. Hofburg, Vienna, Austria, 2009. "
Integrated building energy systems design considering storage technologies In ECEEE 2009 Summer Study. La Colle sur Loup, Cote d'Azur, France, 2009.
Japan's Energy Outlook for 2050 with Stochastic Sectoral Modeling." IEEJ Energy Journal of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan 4 (2009). "
Japan's Long-term Energy Demand and Supply Scenario to 2050 - Estimation for the Potential of Massive CO2 Mitigation." IEEJ Energy Journal of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan 4 (2009). "