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Fast-fill Hydrogen Fueling Station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

HNEI is working with Marine Corps Base Hawaii to open a fast-fill hydrogen fueling station to dramatically reduce fueling time for passenger vehicles.  Download the press release.

Fuel Cell Modeling

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.

Fuel Cell Model Library Now On-line

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.

RPS Road-map: Modeling and Assessment

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.
 

Solar Net Zero Energy Classrooms Expand HNEI Research

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.

See the press release for more details.  Also, check the Pacific Business News article on this HNEI project.  The HNEI contact for this work is Jim Maskrey

Proposed Battery Energy Storage System on Molokai

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".

HNEI Energy Research at Kawaikini School on Kaua‘i

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.  

Liquefied Natural Gas Report Now Available

The report entitled "Liquefied Natural Gas for Hawaii: Policy, Economic, and Technical Questions" has been released.  Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) commissioned FACTS Inc. to perform the study, selected through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process conducted last year.  The HNEI contact for this report is John Cole.

Hawaii Geothermal Assessment and Roadmap report completed

Under contract to HNEI, the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research completed this report in January 2013, and HNEI is now making it available for review.  To view the report, click here.

Fuel Cell Facility Expands Role and Changes Name

The Hawaiian Electric Company together with the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute hosted an event to commemorate the expansion of their research partnership. The facility has been renamed the “Hawai‘i Sustainable Energy Research Facility” (HiSERF). For details, see the HiSERF Announcement.

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