Chris Marnay

Chris Marnay

Microgrids
China Energy Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R2002
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-2120
(510) 486-7028

Chris Marnay is a retired Staff Scientist currently affiliated with China Energy Group (CEG) of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. 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 at the Mechanical Engineering building at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and the Santa Rita Jail microgrid. A significant current application of DER-CAM is the scheduling of the demonstration 40-vehicle plug-in electric vehicle fleet at Los Angeles Air Force Base. He has lectured widely on microgrid principles, economics, and demonstrations, chairs the annual International Microgrids Symposiums, and is the 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.

Education

1981, BA Development Studies, UC Berkeley
1983, MS Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
1993, PhD Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley

This publications database is an ongoing project, and not all Division publications are represented here yet.

Publications

2008

Marnay, Chris, Giri Venkataramanan, Michael Stadler, Afzal S. Siddiqui, Ryan M. Firestone, and Bala Chandran. "Optimal Technology Selection and Operation of Microgrids in Commercial Buildings." In 31st IAEE International Conference "Bridging Energy Supply and Demand: Logistics, Competition and Environment", June 18-20, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey, 2008.
Marnay, Chris, and Michael Stadler. Optimizing Building Energy Use: A Systemic Approach. U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington DC, USA, 2008.

2007

Stadler, Michael, Timothy Lipman, and Chris Marnay. Current trends of decentralized CHP integration – The Californian investment subsidy system and its implication for the energy efficiency directive. Aktuelle Trends in der dezentralen KWK Technologie Integration - Das kalifornische Fördermodell und dessen Implikation für die Endenergieeffizienzrichtlinie. Berkeley: LBNL, 2007. Download: PDF (194.73 KB)
Firestone, Ryan M., and Chris Marnay. "Distributed Energy Resources for Carbon Emissions Mitigation." In ECEEE Summer Study, June 4-9, 2007. La Colle sur Loup, France,: LBNL, 2007. Download: Paper PDF (90.27 KB); Poster PDF (3.12 MB)

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