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ARL/UH and HNEI to study electrical grids at three naval bases in Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

The Office of Naval Research has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH) for a $2.5 million energy research project to be conducted by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute’s (HNEI) GridSTART (Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team), an HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart ... Read More »

Navy expands investment at first grid-connected wave energy test site in the U.S.

Wave energy testing device

Work at the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) located off Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kāneʻohe has received an infusion of $9 million from the U.S. Navy.  The funds, from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), are directed to the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH), working with UH Mānoa’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), to support ... Read More »

Partnership demonstrates fuel cells for helium recovery at NASA

Rocket engine testing

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), together with Sierra Lobo Inc., has demonstrated the recovery of high-purity helium from hydrogen/helium mixtures produced at rocket engine testing sites using proton-exchange-membrane fuel cells. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses a large amount of helium gas — about a million cubic feet per launch to purge ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Program

Three fuel cell cars

The Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Program (APTEP), centered in Hawaii with partnerships in Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Vietnam and Japan, supports the development of alternative energy technologies. With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), it takes a three-pronged approach, supporting cutting-edge energy research; educating students and teachers in energy-related fields; and supporting businesses trying to bring alternative ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Renewable energy the focus of unique UH, Maui company partnership

Michael Cooney at Pacific Biodiesel

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are working with Maui-based company Pacific Biodiesel to develop a way to make water from restaurant grease traps reusable. The collaboration is an example of a new type of partnership between local businesses and the state’s public university. “It is kind of a novel incubator way to bridge technology from the university ... Read More »

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to present seminar in sustainability at UH Manoa

Earth from space

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced today that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will present a free public lecture at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM) campus on April 15, 2014. The seminar is the capstone of the day-long summit, Ascent, organized by UH and Senator Schatz, which will ... Read More »

Expanding energy research with solar net zero energy classrooms

Energy efficient building

As part of ongoing energy efficiency and solar research being conducted by the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), six solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays totaling 15 kW in capacity were recently installed in Hawaii.  Emerging and innovative technologies are being evaluated and compared against traditional and well-established products in the solar industry. Three net zero energy (NZE) buildings ... Read More »

Batteries put to test in PV plan

Solar panels

The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) is actively involved with several issues of energy storage.  One important aspect relates to the increased utilization of renewable resources by electric utilities in the State of Hawaii.  Some of these resources (such as solar and wind energy) are intermittent, and this can present a problem of storing the energy generated when it is ... Read More »

Battery energy storage for frequency regulation, at Asia-Pacific energy forum

Wind farm

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 ... Read More »

HNEI to conduct energy research at Kawaikini classroom

Energy Efficient Building

A Hawaiian blessing took place on Monday, May 6, at Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School, on Lihue, Kauaʻi.  Students will now have the unique opportunity to learn in new classrooms that are truly research and learning platforms in and of themselves. Two 1,200-squarefoot, state-of-the-art structures have been installed at the school, the second of three sites selected for energy ... Read More »

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