Richard Rocheleau (PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of DE), has over 35 years of experience in renewable energy, with an emphasis in the areas of photovoltaics, hydrogen technology and fuel cells. Following his graduate work, Dr. Rocheleau spent 8 years at the Institute of Energy Conversion working on the low‐cost manufacture of thin film photovoltaics. He joined the faculty of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1988 and was appointed Director in 2000. Under his direction, the Institute has led the development of several public‐private partnerships focused on the development, testing and evaluation of alternative energy technologies. With funding from the US Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research, the Institute has developed active programs addressing issues related to high penetration grid‐connected renewable energy technology and development of alternative fuels. Current projects include the Maui Smart Grid Demonstration program, evaluation of grid scale Li‐ion battery energy storage systems for grid management, and testing of emerging photovoltaic technologies.