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Dr Matthias Fripp

Mattias Fripp


Visiting Research Associate


Dr Matthias Fripp is an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He specializes in modeling the technical and economic performance of power systems with large shares of renewable energy. He is working with colleagues at the Environmental Change Institute to better understand the potential for demand-side responses to ease the integration of intermittent renewable resources (e.g., if customers charge electric vehicles at windy times of day).

Dr Fripp was the NextEra Energy Resources Research Fellow in Renewable Energy at the Environmental Change Institute in 2008-12. He holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College. He has previously worked as a modeler and researcher at Trexler and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in climate change mitigation; and as a membership coordinator and database manager for Best Friends Animal Society, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the U.S.. He also volunteered with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka in 2005, after the south Asian tsunami.


  • Matthias Fripp and Brian Krohn (in review), "Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Renewable, Nuclear and Carbon-Capture Power Plants."
  • Matthias Fripp (2012), "Switch: A Planning Tool for Power Systems with Large Shares of Intermittent Renewable Energy," Environmental Science & Technology 46(11): 6371-6378. DOI: 10.1021/es204645c
  • James Nelson, Josiah Johnston, Ana Mileva, Matthias Fripp, Ian Hoffman, Autumn Petros-Good Christian Blanco, and Daniel M. Kammen (2012), "High-resolution modeling of the western North American power system demonstrates low-cost and low-carbon futures," Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.01.031
  • Brian Krohn and Matthias Fripp (2012), "A Life Cycle Assessment of Biodiesel Derived from the 'Niche Filling' Energy Crop Camelina in the USA," Applied Energy. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.10.025
  • Matthias Fripp (2011), Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Operating Reserves Used to Backup Large-Scale Wind Power, Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/es200417b
  • Matthias Fripp (2009), Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Clean Coal, Clean Gas and Wind Generators, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
  • Diana Poputoaia and Matthias Fripp (2008), European Experience with Tradable Green Certificates and Feed-In Tariffs for Renewable Electricity Support, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
  • Matthias Fripp (2008), Optimal Investment in Wind and Solar Power in California, Ph.D. Dissertation, U.C. Berkeley, Energy & Resources Group. (For a summary of findings and their implications, see the Conclusions section, pp. 154-58.)
  • Matthias Fripp and Ryan H. Wiser (2008), "Effects of Temporal Wind Patterns on the Value of Wind-Generated Electricity at Sites in California and the Northwest," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 23(2): 477-485.
  • Asher Ghertner and Matthias Fripp (2007), "Trading Away Damage: Quantifying Environmental Leakage through Consumption-Based, Life- Cycle Analysis," Ecological Economics 63: 2-3: 563-577.
  • Matthias Fripp and Ryan H. Wiser (2006), Analyzing the Effects of Temporal Wind Patterns on the Value of Wind-Generated Electricity at Different Sites in California and the Northwest, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-60152. Berkeley, CA.
  • Richard McCann, Dallas Burtraw, Matthias Fripp and Steven Moss (2005), “Recommendations for the design of modeling and analysis of the electricity sector to guide options for climate policy in California,” Chapter 9 in The Berkeley Climate Policy Study: Potential Economic Costs and Benefits of Climate Change Policy in California, edited by W. Michael Hanemann and Alexander E. Farrell. California Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Kamal H. Kapadia, Matthias Fripp and Daniel M. Kammen (2004), Putting Renewables to Work: How Many Jobs Can the Clean Energy Industry Generate? Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) Report, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.
  • Matthias Fripp (2003), Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Metastable Defect in Czochralski Silicon, Master's Project, U.C. Berkeley, Energy & Resources Group.
  • Matthias Fripp (1999), Racing Down the Experience Curve: policies to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources, Bachelor of Arts Honors Thesis, Lewis & Clark College, Environmental Studies.