This Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) project is being funded by the Office of Naval Research in collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE). The objective is to mitigate adverse impacts of integrating intermittent renewable energy sources onto electricity grids in Hawai‘i. For this project, the technology being evaluated is a fast-response battery energy storage system. In addition to HNEI, project partners include Altairnano, Inc., Hawi Renewable Development LLC, and SCADA Solutions. The initial effort is on the Big Island of Hawai‘I, but depending on project results, other similar projects might be possible on other islands.
The primary HNEI contacts for this project are Richard Rocheleau and Larry Cutshaw. For more information concerning the project, see the Batteries for Grid Management pdf document.
A similar project, evaluating a different technology for grid management (use of hydrogen and fuel cells) is also being funded by DOE, and for details see the Grid Management Using Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Grid Support sections of our website. For general information on other related HNEI research activities, see the Energy Storage, Grid Systems, and Hydrogen research sections of our website.