Clean Energy Director, Houston Advanced Research Center
Dr. Carlos Gamarra is the Clean Energy Director at HARC and the Director of the DOE’s Southcentral Onsite Energy TAP. Dr. Gamarra began his career in the energy industry in 2006 as an electrical engineer in the design and construction of industrial plants, energy infrastructure, and renewable power generation systems. His experience as an Assistant Professor at the University of Burgos in 2008 increased his interest in research. But before joining the research field in 2011, he worked in the energy optimization of industrial facilities. He joined HARC in 2017 with a research focus on developing methods, algorithms, and tools to improve decision making in energy systems planning processes. Carlos received his Doctorate in Community Energy Systems Planning from the University of Burgos in 2020, where he developed a rapid method system to analyze microgrids to ensure maximum long-term profitability. Dr. Gamarra is the Energy Manager of the HARC Living Lab, a mid-size commercial office building certified LEED Platinum, Zero Energy Certification, and an Energy Star Rating of 99. The facility is a living lab where different technologies and operation strategies are tested and showcased for other users to adopt. The building has received over 3,000 visitors during the first three years of operations.