Researchers from the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) and UH Mānoa presented work in several areas at the 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, which was jointly held with the 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress and International OTEC Symposium at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 9-11, 2013.
Rick Rocheleau, Director of HNEI, was a speaker in the session, “Energy Storage Island Options.” Commenting on grid-scale battery demonstration project on the Island of Hawaii, Rocheleau remarked, “Working in collaboration with HELCO, we have demonstrated that fast-response battery energy storage can dramatically effect frequency regulation, one of the barriers to increased integration of solar and wind power on the island’s electricity grids.”
Rochelau joined panelists from commercial companies including Lockheed Martin, American Vanadium and Primus Power to discuss the benefits of energy storage systems. The session highlighted the opportunities and challenges associated with various installed storage solutions, as well as future project plans.
Several speakers from UH Mānoa weighed in on the topic area, “The Ocean Environment,” which considered the potential for the sustainable global application of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), along with the environmental impacts of operations. Speakers included:
- Krishnakumar Rajagopalan, University of Hawaii, “Global Ocean Thermal Resources for Sustainable OTEC Application”
- Christopher Kelley, University of Hawaii, “Potential Biological Impact of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC): Submersible Surveys along the Intake Pipe Route to 250m Depth”
- Christina Comfort, University of Hawaii, “Monitoring Key Biogeochemical Parameters due to SWAC Operations on Mamala Bay, Hawaii”
- David Karl, University of Hawaii, “Potential Environmental Consequences of Enhanced Ocean Upwelling”
Denise Konan, Dean of UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences, was a panelist in the session, “Energy, Economic and Environmental Issues and Solutions for Island Economies.” Panelists discussed issues related to water availability and quality, energy technology economic readiness, and the environmental and economic impacts associated with these areas of concerns.
Learn more: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo website