Matthias Fripp

UHERO Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering


Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2008

Master’s degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College in 1999.

Selected Publications

Fripp, “Intercomparison between Switch 2.0 and GE MAPS models for simulation of high-renewable power systems in Hawaii,” Energy, Sustainability and Society, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 41, Dec. 2018,

Najafi, M. Hamzeh and M. Fripp, “Unbalanced Current Sharing Control in Islanded Low Voltage Microgrids,” Energies, vol. 11, no. 10, 2018, p. 2776.

Izawa and M. Fripp, “Multi-Objective Control of Air Conditioning Improves Cost, Comfort and System Energy Balance,” Energies, vol. 11, no. 9, 2018, p. 2373.

A. Fatemi, A. Kuh, and M. Fripp, “Parametric methods for probabilistic forecasting of solar irradiance,” Renewable Energy, vol. 129, no. Part A, pp. 666–676, Dec. 2018.

Nourollah, A. Pirayesh, and M. Fripp, “Multitier decentralized control scheme using energy storage unit and load management in inverter-based AC microgrids,” Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, vol. 25, pp. 735–751, 2017.

A. Fatemi, A. Kuh, and M. Fripp, “Online and batch methods for solar radiation forecast under asymmetric cost functions,” Renewable Energy, vol. 91, pp. 397–408, Jun. 2016.

Carland, M. Umeda, T. Wilkey, A. Oberbeck, J. Cumming, N. Parks, M. Fripp, A. Kuh, and D. Garmire, “Self-Sustaining Meteorological Wireless Sensor Networks,” Sensors & Transducers, vol. 160, no. 12, pp. 118–124, Dec. 2013.

Fripp, “Switch: a planning tool for power systems with large shares of intermittent renewable energy,” Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 6371–6378, Jun. 2012.

Nelson, J. Johnston, A. Mileva, M. Fripp, I. Hoffman, A. Petros-Good, C. Blanco, and D. M. Kammen, “High-resolution modeling of the western North American power system demonstrates low-cost and low-carbon futures,” Energy Policy, vol. 43, pp. 436–447, Apr. 2012.

J. Krohn and M. Fripp, “A life cycle assessment of biodiesel derived from the ‘niche filling’ energy crop camelina in the USA,” Applied Energy, vol. 92, pp. 92–98, Apr. 2012.

Fripp, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Operating Reserves Used to Backup Large-Scale Wind Power,” Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 45, no. 21, pp. 9405–9412, Nov. 2011.

Fripp, “Optimal investment in wind and solar power in California,” Doctoral dissertation, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, Oct. 2008.

Fripp and R. H. Wiser, “Effects of Temporal Wind Patterns on the Value of Wind-Generated Electricity in California and the Northwest,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 477–485, May 2008.

A. Ghertner and M. Fripp, “Trading away damage: Quantifying environmental leakage through consumption-based, life-cycle analysis,” Ecological Economics, vol. 63, no. 2–3, pp. 563–577, Aug. 2007.

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