methane hydrate workshop
The 8th International Workshop on Methane Hydrate Research & Development will be held in Sapporo, Japan on 28 May - 1 June 2012. HNEI organized the 1st Workshop in Honolulu in 2000 and has been a sponsor and member of the International Steering Committees of all subsequent workshops. Information on the upcoming workshop can be found at Contact Stephen Masutani for additional information.

Algae have high productivity rates, the ability to grow in a wide range of water qualities, and the potential to be produced on land unsuitable for food production.  Interest in algae-based biofuel production provided motivation to conduct an assessment of land suitable for algae production in Hawai‘i.  See the full report: Analysis of Land Suitable for Algae Production: State of Hawaii (18 MB). For further information, please contact Scott Turn.

Potential algae production lands   on Kauai – details in the report.
Potential algae production lands
on Kauai – details in the report.


BiofuelsMichael J. Cooney, Associate Researcher at HNEI, is leader for a cross campus collaborative team that won the recent $1 million University-wide Sustainability competition with a project aimed at developing and placing water, energy, and soil sustainability technologies in local industry. This will be a two-year effort involving faculty from HNEI, CTHAR, Shidler College of Business, Oceanography, and local companies such as Pacific Biodiesel and RealGreen Power. Read more about it in the Biofuels project news item or contact Michael Cooney for more information.


In partnership with the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and General Electric Company, HNEI studied the impacts to the HECO grid of integrating 400 MW of wind power from Molokai and Lanai supplied through an undersea cable combined with 100 MW of wind and 100 MW of solar power located on O‘ahu.  The study showed HECO can reliably integrate this power and supply 25% of O‘ahu’s electricity from these sources if several recommendations for upgrades to the HECO grid and requirements for the wind projects are followed.

Oahu Wind IntegrationThe electricity supplied from these sources would reduce Hawai‘i’s fossil fuel consumption by approximately 2.8 million barrels of low sulfur fuel oil and 132,000 tons of coal each year. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) organized a technical review committee of U.S. and world experts in large-scale integration of wind power that met throughout the study to provide technical expertise and review of results.

See the O‘ahu Wind Integration Study for the full report. For further information, please contact Jay Griffin.


Great Wave

The HINMREC is primarily funded by the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office of the US Department of Energy (DOE), through a five-year (2009-2014) contract recently awarded to the Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute. The website for this center can be accessed at Contact Luis A. Vega for more information.

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