Electric Vehicle Impacts Projects
Oahu EV Charging Study (2012 – 2013): Leveraging the validated models of the Oahu power grid refined in the Oahu Wind Integration Study and Hawaii Solar Integration Study, the study’s primary objectives are to quantify the impact of electric vehicle charging on Oahu grid operations and to explore how different control techniques to manage EV charging profiles could further enhance the integration of wind and solar resources (e.g., by reducing curtailment and/or providing a new source of reserves). Study completion and report publication is targeted for 2013.
Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project (2011 – 2016): This large-scale smart grid project valued at over $40 MM is funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japan government agency, and is led by technology provider Hitachi. The project seeks to integrate high levels of PV, wind energy, and electric vehicles into an island based smart grid environment on Maui. HNEI serves a key technical advisory role and is guiding the close coordination of project development and execution across all three Maui-sited smart grid projects.