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.
HNEI and Georgia Tech have developed an open-access equation-based, object-oriented Fuel Cell Model Library. Developed by HNEI's researcher Kevin Davies in collaboration with Georgia Tech, the library resources support HNEI's research into understanding the effects of contaminants at the cell level and in a system exposed to volcanic gases. For further information, contact Kevin Davies.
HNEI has contracted with GE Energy Consulting to evaluate and assess the likelihood of compliance with State Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requirements by modeling costs, economics and technical implications of various renewable energy penetration scenarios, including comparing the value of grid-tied and generation-tied undersea island interconnections with island independent systems. Future tasks will include the impacts of using liquid natural gas for electricity generation, modified utility operating practices and reserve requirements, and the use of ancillary services such as demand response and battery energy storage systems.
GE Energy Consulting gave a presentation of its initial analyses under Task 1 of the Hawaii RPS Road-map Study on January 9, 2014 at the Hawaii State Capitol. For further information, contact John Cole.
In conjunction with ongoing projects on energy efficiency and solar research, HNEI is conducting evaluations on six photovolaic arrays recently installed in Hawaii. The experimental platforms for these efforts will be three net- zero-energy buildings created by California-based Project Frog Inc.
HNEI and MECO held a community information meeting on Molokai to present information on a potential battery energy storage project intended to help increase the reliability and stability of the grid. For the Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) and presentation follow the links below:
For a copy of the FAQ sheet handed out at the meeting click here.
For a copy of the presentation from the community meeting, click here.
To see the animation slides from the presentation, click on the following link and run the PowerPoint presentation in "Slide Show" mode. For the animation link, click here.
For more information, see The Moloka'i Dispatch article "$3.1M Battery Proposed for Power Plant".
In traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony, the Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School in Lihue, Kauai, unveiled two new energy efficient classrooms that will anchor the planned expansion of the Hawaiian immersion school. Students there will now have the unique opportunity to study and experience classrooms that are research and learning platforms. Two state-of-the-art structures were installed at the school to measure and test the effectiveness of innovative energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies and to compare against similar facilities in different environments, including one at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach, Oahu. The pre-engineered test platforms were created by California-based Project Frog, Inc. which provides innovative, high-tech component buildings that assemble on site for a greener building with a lower environmental footprint than conventional structures. At the Kawaikini site, HNEI will also compare the performance of two different photovoltaic and inverter systems.HNEI’s research is aimed at advancing the science and technology behind new construction throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific region. Download the press release. The HNEI contact for these efforts is Jim Maskrey.