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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.  

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.

The WESS program will hold an open house on Friday, August 31, 2012, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, at the Magoon Research Station, 2717 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu (across from the Manoa Public Library).  The purpose of the open hourse is to present WESS research investigating the effect of biochar-amended soils on plant growth.  After light pupus and an overview of the WESS program, presentations will be made by Jerry Ericsson and Jonathan Deenik.  Mr. Ericsson is President of Diacarbon Energy, Inc., a Canadian biochar company.  Dr. Deenik is an Associate Specialist in Soil Fertivity and Soil Quality. 

The open house will then move into the greenhouse for close-up inspection and further discussions.  Off-site visits to WESS-funded field crop trials (directed by Dr. Richard Ogoshi, Associate Biofuel Agronomist) will be possible.  These trials will characterize crop growth on biochar-amended soils. 

For those interested, a short walk will lead to the UH campus for a visit to the demonstration-scale Flash Carbonization™ reactor, after the greenhouse visit (~4:30 pm).  Dr. Michael Antal, an HNEI researcher and inventor of the Flash Carbonization™ process, provides the WESS program with small quantities of boutique biochars for application greenhouse trials.  Details concerning this process can be seen on the Biocarbons (overview) section of our website.

For more program details, see the WESS brochure and the Water, Energy and Soil Sustainability (WESS) section of our website.  Contact Dr. Michael Cooney, HNEI Associate Researcher and PI for the program, for additional information.

 

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