Panel Co-Chair on Energy-Efficient Technologies: Ammi Amarnath

Ammi Amarnath is a Technical Executive in 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 and demonstration of smart and efficient end-use technologies while ensuring their interoperability with the electric supply system. Some of the technologies demonstrated include: advanced space conditioning systems for residential and commercial buildings, hyper-efficient appliances, heat pump water heaters, advanced demand response systems that integrate with the smart grid, industrial process efficiency improvements, and advances in motor and drive technologies. His activities also focus on customer and utility technology improvements to make energy efficiency and demand response programs successful in the country.

Amarnath rejoined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. He was previously the President of KSON International Inc., 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 micro-fuel cell business.

In his prior tenure at EPRI, Amarnath was a Senior Project Manager within the Distributed Generation program. His activities included the development and deployment of fuel cell and other energy storage 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.