Welcome to the NEW HNEI website.
The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), a research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, conducts research of state and national importance to develop, test and evaluate novel renewable energy technologies. The Institute leverages its in-house work with public-private partnerships to demonstrate real-world operations and enable integration of emerging technologies into the energy mix. Founded in 1974, HNEI was established in statute in 2007 to address critical State energy needs.
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Critical Initiatives

HNEI Focus Areas describe a wide array of ongoing activities.  Three areas of special interest are highlighted below.

Asia Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP)

HNEI is supporting the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research program with renewable energy research, technology evaluation and demonstration projects.


HNEI's grid system technologies advanced research team (GridSTART) works to inform policy, develop energy efficiency and support grid system integration.

Wave Energy Test Site

HNEI supports the US Navy's Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Kaneohe Bay, to accelerate the development and deployment of wave energy conversion devices.





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