What is HNEI?
The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), a research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), conducts research of state and national importance to develop, test, and evaluate novel renewable energy technologies. The Institute leverages its in-house work with public-private partnerships to demonstrate real-world operations and enable integration of emerging technologies into the energy mix. Founded in 1974, HNEI was established in statute in 2007 to address critical State energy needs.
To research, develop, test, demonstrate, and validate cost effective and practical solutions to deliver commercially viable renewable energy and energy efficiency to Hawai‘i and the world.
HNEI employs an integrated approach to developing public/private partnerships and management of projects to reduce Hawai‘i’s dependence on imported energy resources and move the state toward energy self-sufficiency, including projects that: 1) address critical technical, scientific, and policy barriers to achieving energy self-sufficiency; 2) emphasize innovative technologies and approaches focusing on environmental attributes, reliability, and affordability; 3) ensure that technologies and processes developed will be commercially viable; and 4) give priority to indigenous Hawai‘i resources.
August 3, 2023 DOE Renews HNEI Contract for Converter-Dominated Power Systems StudyHNEI Assistant Researcher Dr. Saeed Sepasi has successfully secured a two-year contract renewal from the U.S. Department of...
July 1, 2023 Recent HNEI Publications (January – June 2023)Below is the list of peer-review papers published by HNEI faculty and staff from January to June 2023....
May 30, 2023 HNEI Battery Research Highlighted by Two High Impact publicationsHNEI Associate Researcher Matthieu Dubarry and his team published two new articles related to battery digital twins. First,...