Chris Marnay

Chris Marnay

Microgrids
China Energy Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R2121
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

2012

Marnay, Chris, Nan Zhou, Min Qin, and John Romankiewicz. Lessons Learned from Microgrid Demonstrations Worldwide. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012. Download: PDF (2.84 MB)
DeForest, Nicholas, Michael Stadler, Chris Marnay, and Jonathan Donadee. Microgrid Dispatch for Macrogrid Peak-Demand Mitigation In 2011 ACEEE Summer Study on Engery Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, 2012. Download: PDF (1.63 MB)
Mendes, Gonçalo, Michael Stadler, Chris Marnay, Paulo Ferrão, and Chistos Loakimidis. Modeling of Plug-in Electric Vehicles' Interactions with a Sustainable Community Grid in the Azores In 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012. Pacific Grove, California, 2012. Download: PDF (875.09 KB)
Mendes, Gonçalo, Paulo Ferrão, Christos Ioakimidis, Michael Stadler, and Chris Marnay. Multi-building microgrids for a distributed energy future in Portugal In International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2012. Suzhou, China, 2012. Download: PDF (1.21 MB)
Stadler, Michael, Chris Marnay, Maximillian Kloess, Gonçalo Cardoso, Gonçalo Mendes, Afzal S. Siddiqui, Ratnesh Sharma, Olivier Mégel, and Judy Lai. "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, no. 2 (2012): 95-108. Download: PDF (4.24 MB)
Stadler, Michael, Chris Marnay, Maximillian Kloess, Gonçalo Cardoso, Gonçalo Mendes, Afzal S. Siddiqui, Ratnesh Sharma, Olivier Mégel, and Judy Lai. "Optimal Planning and Operation of Smart Grids with Electric Vehicle Interconnection." Journal of Energy Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Special Issue: Challenges and opportunities in the 21st century energy infrastructure 138, no. 2 (2012).
Stadler, Michael, Chris Marnay, Nicholas DeForest, Joseph H. Eto, Gonçalo Cardoso, Andrea Mammoli, Hans Barsun, Richard Burnett, David Klapp, and Judy Lai. "Web-Based Economic and Environmental Optimization of Microgrids." In 2012 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C., USA, 2012. Download: PDF (3.06 MB)

2011

Morris, Greg Young, Chad Abbey, Geza Joos, and Chris Marnay. "A Framework for the Evaluation of the Cost and Benefits of Microgrids." In CIGRÉ International Symposium, The electric power system of the future - Integrating supergrids and microgrids. Bologna, Italy : LBNL, 2011. Download: PDF (857.66 KB)

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