University of Hawaii

Department of Electrical Engineering

Matthias Fripp

Office: Holmes 446

Tel: (808)956-3795 (Office)


I specialize in modeling the technical and economic performance of power systems with large shares of renewable energy, particularly focusing on the potential for demand-side response to ease the integration of intermittent renewable resources (e.g., if electric vehicles charge automatically during sunny or windy times of day).


I am currently teaching EE693K, a graduate course on Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Integration. More details on this course can be found here and on the class Laulima site (UH login required).

I taught EE491K - Electric Power Systems in Fall 2012. More details on this course can be found here.


  • 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.

Education and Work Experience