UH Energy and Sustainability

This project is focused on topics of interest to UH Office of Sustainability, to help support broad UH energy and sustainability efforts, including becoming net-zero energy by 2035 and carbon neutral by 2050.

UH campus aerial view

Goals:
The goals of this project are help support broad UH energy and sustainability efforts, including becoming net-zero energy by 2035 and carbon neutral by 2050.

Key elements:
Renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, demand response

Research issues:

PV system battery performance verification on Maui CC, Leeward CC, and Windward CC campuses (project may include site visits pending approval).

UH metering data analysis: individual building energy consumption is correlated with weather patterns to detect anomalies and help reduce overall energy consumption.

Sakamaki Hall 4th floor occupancy monitoring and HVAC data analysis: occupancy patterns obtained using Doppler radar based sensors are analyzed to provide a baseline for HVAC scheduling for energy savings.

Frog buildings data analysis: indoor and outdoor environmental parameters are correlated with occupancy patterns and energy use.

VIP students will have access to prerecorded HECO lectures on Renewable Energy for Hawaii, and will participate in related discussions with subject matter experts from HECO, led by Yoh Kawakami.

 

Meeting time:
TBD

Advisors:
Olga Boric-Lubecke, June Zhang

Partners and Sponsors:
Yoh Kawakami, HECO; Miles Topping, UH Office of Sustainability; Eileen Peppard, UH Office of Sustainability

We would like to thank KAI Hawaii for their generous endowment of this VIP project.

Majors, preparation, interests:
Engineering and ICS students, with interest in renewable energy and sustainability.

Contact information:
Olga Boric-Lubecke, olgabl@hawaii.edu; June Zhang, june.zhang@hawaii.edu