The Applied Research Laboratory and Hawaii Natural Energy Institute have received $9 million for expanded testing and research at the wave energy test site located near Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Oahu.  See the University of Hawaii News Release for details.

Using proven fuel cell technology, HNEI and Sierra Lobo, Inc. have developed and demonstrated an efficient process to recover high-purity helium from NASA’s rocket engine testing sites. 

fuel cells, Helium

HNEI is supports the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP), an educational, research and commerce development effort funded by the US Office of Naval Research.  APTEP's aim is to inspire collaboration and disseminate alternative energy technologies and research developments.  A video produced by ONR was released April 2014 to coincide with President Obama's visit to Asia. 

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HNEI is involved in a number of projects wherein battery storage systems (BESSs) are used in support of utility grids.  These include such systems already installed on Hawaii Island and Oahu, with a system soon to be installed on Molokai.

With the increasing numbers of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems being installed on all islands, the intermittent nature of such systems creates the possibility of instability for the grid.  Through use of BESSs, grids are able to overcome fluctuations in power frequency at the transmission level.  Moreover, the Oahu BESS is designed to see how neighborhood voltages at the circuit level can be kept constant.  

HNEI is also conducting research to see how battery life can be maximized.  

For more information, contact Richard Rocheleau.  To see a Honolulu Star Advertiser article on these efforts, click here.

HNEI researcher Michael Cooney is collaborating with Pacific Biodiesel to find a way to recycle grease-trap water from restaurants.  The solution involves use of the UH-developed High-Rate Anaerobic Digestion (HRAD) system.  A test-scale system was built and installed at Pacific Biodiesel's Oahu facility using funds provided by a UH Manoa Sustainability grant.  The technology being developed by HNEI researchers could have a global impact of the wastewater industy.

For more information, contact Michael Cooney.  To see an anticle on this project, click here.

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