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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

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. 

The HNEI contact for these efforts is Jim Maskrey.  For further information, see the press release for the blessing. 

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.

The effort required to assemble and complete this report on liquefied natural gas was funded by the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).  The study itself was performed by FACTS Inc., the organization selected by HNEI for this work, as a result of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process conducted last year.

To view the final report, click here.  The contact for any questions regarding the RFP process or the report itself is John Cole.  

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