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

Stadler, Michael, and Chris Marnay. "Dezentrale Energieversorgung mit Speichertechnologien." Energy Journal of the Austrian Energy Agency Number 2&3 (2008).
Stadler, Michael, and Chris Marnay. Dezentrale Energieversorgung mit Speichertechnologien. Berkeley: LBNL, 2008. Download: PDF (213.4 KB)
Stadler, Michael, Hirohisa Aki, Ryan M. Firestone, Judy Lai, Chris Marnay, and Afzal S. Siddiqui. "Distributed Energy Resources On-Site Optimization for Commercial Buildings with Electric and Thermal Storage Technologies." In 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Scaling Up: Building Tomorrow's Solutions. Pacific Grove, CA: LBNL, 2008. Download: PDF (405.03 KB)
Komiyama, Ryoichi, and Chris Marnay. "Japan’s Residential Energy Demand Outlook to 2030 Considering Energy Efficiency Standards “Top-Runner Approach”." In 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Scaling Up: Building Tomorrow's Solutions. Pacific Grove, CA: LBNL, 2008. Download: PDF (184.18 KB)
Marnay, Chris, Michael Stadler, Hirohisa Aki, Brian Coffey, Ryan M. Firestone, Judy Lai, and Afzal S. Siddiqui. "Microgrid Selection and Operation for Commercial Buildings in California and New York States." In 4th European PV-Hybrid and Mini-Grid Conference, May 29-30, 2008 , 12. Glyfada, Athens, Greece: LBNL, 2008. Download: PDF (638.04 KB)
Marnay, Chris. Microgrids and Heterogeneous Power Quality and Reliability. Berkeley: LBNL, 2008. Download: PDF (458.19 KB)

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