The 8th International Workshop on Methane Hydrate Research & Development was held in Sapporo, Japan on 28 May - 1 June 2012, (www.2012fieryice.jp). HNEI organized the first workshop in Honolulu in 2000 and has been a sponsor and member of the International Steering Committees of all subsequent workshops. The HNEI contact is Stephen Masutani.
Michael J. Cooney, Associate Researcher at HNEI, is leader for a cross campus collaborative team that won the recent $1 million University-wide Sustainability competition with a project aimed at developing and placing water, energy, and soil sustainability technologies in local industry. This will be a two-year effort involving faculty from HNEI, CTHAR, Shidler College of Business, Oceanography, and local companies such as Pacific Biodiesel and RealGreen Power.
The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) has created a Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center (HINMREC), having recently won 5 years of funding from the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office of the US Department of Energy (DOE). Activites in this center focus on developing and evaluating marine resources and technologies to harness the energy from waves and from ocean thermal temperature gradients. The website for this center can be accessed at http://hinmrec.hnei.hawaii.edu. The HNEI contact is Luis A. Vega.
The Hawaii Bioenergy Master Plan Project Final Report, prepared by HNEI for the State of Hawaii under contract to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, has been completed. The project was established under Act 253, SLH 2007. The Final Report is available at the project website.
Flash Carbonization™ tests of Honolulu’s sewage sludge are being sponsored at HNEI to help eliminate smoke emissions from the Flash Carbonization™ Demonstration Reactor, reduce CO emissions to satisfy regulations, and produce clean charcoal for various markets. Read more about Biocarbons (charcoal). Contact Michael Antal for more information.