Dr. Ammi Amarnath

Ammi Amarnath is the Program Manager of the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response program area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

He leads a team of engineers and scientists with focus on the development, demonstration and deployment of smart and efficient end-use technologies while ensuring their interoperability with the electric grid. Some of the technologies demonstrated include:  advanced space conditioning and lighting systems for residential and commercial buildings, next-generation heat pump water heaters, high performance/low energy buildings, advanced end-use smart and demand responsive technologies that integrate with the smart grid, industrial process efficiency improvements, and advances in motor and drive technologies. He also manages activities focused on the development of advanced analytical techniques, such as energy meter data disaggregation, energy efficiency potential studies, and the impact of energy efficiency on emissions, so as to make energy efficiency and demand response programs successful around the world.

Amarnath rejoined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. He previously ran a consulting firm providing technical and business consulting services to energy efficiency and clean tech companies. Before this, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Material Sciences, Inc., where he managed the development of a fuel cell business.

In his prior tenure at EPRI, Amarnath was a Senior Project Manager within the Industrial and Distributed Generation programs. His activities included the collaborative research and deployment of efficient industrial technologies, and development & deployment of advanced fuel cells and other distributed generation technologies.

Amarnath received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from India and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.