The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) has commissioned a “Fast-Fill” high-pressure hydrogen fueling station at the Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay. This state-of-the-art station was developed to support a fleet of General Motors Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) leased by the Office of Naval Research for use by Marine Corps and Navy personnel on O‘ahu. Operational since November 2014, this station was recently certified for unattended operation, allowing drivers to self-fill their cars just as they would do at any gasoline fueling station. Unattended operation will serve as a model for the installation of private stations throughout the state.
The Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii (ARL/UH) has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research to address electrical grids at three naval bases in Hawaii. ARL/UH has funded HNEI to help develop a modernization and action plan to meet the Navy's future needs in Hawaii. The work will be conducted by HNEI's Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team (GridSTART). For more information, contact Leon Roose, GridSTART Principal and Chief Technologist. For details, see the University of Hawaii news release.
An aerial view of the USS Arizona and USS Missouri Memorials at Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor
Hawaii Island could be less than a year away from having some of the first hydrogen-powered buses in the state on its roadways. As part of a pilot project spearheaded by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, three shuttle buses will be converted to hydrogen power. Two will be provided to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, while the third goes to the Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency, also known as Hele-On. (June 24, 2014.)
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. Download the press release.
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.
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 on the wastewater industy. Read more.
For more information, contact Michael Cooney.
On January 24, 2014, HNEI Assistant Researcher Kevin Davies made a presentation on equation-based, object-oriented fuel cell modeling at the HNEI Hawaii Sustainable Energy Research Facility in Kakaako, Honolulu, Hawaii. To see a file with this presentation, click here. For further information, contact Kevin Davies.
The presentation describes development of on equation-based, object-oriented fuel cell model library. To see this library, click here.