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.
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.