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

2011

Lai, Judy, Nicholas DeForest, Sila Kiliccote, Michael Stadler, Chris Marnay, and Jonathan Donadee. "Evaluation of evolving residential electricity tariffs." In ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France: LBNL, 2011. Download: Report PDF (1.41 MB); Poster PDF (908.26 KB)
Marnay, Chris, Bruce Nordman, and Judy Lai. "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. Download: PDF (2.66 MB)
DeForest, Nicholas, Judy Lai, Michael Stadler, Gonçalo Mendes, Chris Marnay, and Jonathan Donadee. "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. Download: PDF (926.73 KB)
Stadler, Michael, Chris Marnay, Ratnesh Sharma, Gonçalo Mendes, Maximillian Kloess, Gonçalo Cardoso, Olivier Mégel, and Afzal S. Siddiqui. "Modeling Electric Vehicle Benefits Connected to Smart Grids." In 7th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference. Chicago, IL : LBNL, 2011. Download: PDF (1.8 MB)
Stadler, Michael, Chris Marnay, Ratnesh Sharma, Gonçalo Mendes, Maximillian Loess, Gonçalo Cardoso, Olivier Mégel, and Afzal S. Siddiqui. Modeling Electric Vehicle Benefits Connected to Smart Grids In 7th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference. Chicago, IL 60604, 2011. Download: PDF (2.51 MB)
Stadler, Michael, Gonçalo Cardoso, Nicholas DeForest, Jonathan Donadee, Tomás Gómez, Judy Lai, Chris Marnay, Olivier Mégel, Gonçalo Mendes, and Afzal S. Siddiqui. "Smart buildings with electric vehicle interconnection as buffer for local renewables?" In Researching the Intelligent City: Key Challenges of Integrating Urban Energy and Mobility Systems Research Symposium. Berlin, Germany : LBNL, 2011. Download: PDF (1.65 MB)
Stadler, Michael, Gonçalo Cardoso, Nicholas DeForest, Jonathan Donadee, Tomás Gómez, Judy Lai, Chris Marnay, Olivier Mégel, Gonçalo Mendes, and Afzal S. Siddiqui. Smart buildings with electric vehicle interconnection as buffer for local renewables?. Researching the Intelligent City: Key Challenges of Integrating Urban Energy and Mobility Systems Research Symposium, Berlin, 2011.

2010

Norwood, Zack, Timothy Lipman, Michael Stadler, and Chris Marnay. "Assessment of Combined Heat and Power System "Premium Power" Applications in California." International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources 6, no. 2 (2010): 131-147. Download: PDF (1.9 MB)

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