As a result of technological advances coupled with the high cost of electricity in Hawaii and generous federal and state incentives, deployment is growing rapidly across Hawaii. Specific HNEI activities include:
HNEI is conducting high-fidelity resource assessments and testing commercial and emerging solar technologies. The objectives are to characterize real-world performance of (Photovoltaic) PV technologies and systems in differing environments.
These data will be publically available to inform consumers and ongoing grid stability studies. HNEI has partnered with industry, the local utility, and other University of Hawaii (UH) campuses to conduct this work.
Emerging ocean energy technologies have the potential to contribute significantly to Hawaii’s and the nation’s future energy mix. HNEI facilitates the development and deployment of wave energy and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technologies.
HNEI supports the Navy's development of the nation’s first grid connected wave energy test site (WETS) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on Kaneohe Bay, to conduct independent analysis for wave energy conversion device systems performance, and associated environmental monitoring.
HNEI is addressing issues associated with high penetration of intermittent wind on the electrical grid, (see Grid Systems) .
Additionally, HNEI has deployed five small-scale (1 kW) vertical-axis wind turbines that are being monitored to evaluate performance for distributed applications (see Energy Efficiency ).