May 5, 2014

HNEI and Sierra Lobo Demonstrate Fuel Cells for Helium Recovery at NASA

Using proven fuel cell technology, HNEI and Sierra Lobo, Inc. have developed and demonstrated an efficient process to recover high-purity helium from NASA’s rocket engine testing sites.  Download the press release.

Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership May 2, 2014

Asia-Pacific Partnership: Video Released

 

HNEI is supports the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP), an educational, research and commerce development effort funded by the US Office of Naval Research.  APTEP's aim is to inspire collaboration and disseminate alternative energy technologies and research developments.  A video produced by ONR was released April 2014 to coincide with President Obama's visit to Asia. 

APTEP Video:

February 11, 2014

Recycling for biofuel: Unique UH, Industry Partnership

 

HNEI researcher Michael Cooney is collaborating with Pacific Biodiesel to find a way to recycle grease-trap water from restaurants.  The solution involves use of the UH-developed High-Rate Anaerobic Digestion (HRAD) system.  A test-scale system was built and installed at Pacific Biodiesel's Oahu facility using funds provided by a UH Manoa Sustainability grant.  The technology being developed by HNEI researchers could have a global impact on the wastewater industry.  Read more. 

 

 

For more information, contact Michael Cooney.  

February 5, 2014

Fast-fill Hydrogen Fueling Station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

HNEI is working with Marine Corps Base Hawaii to open a fast-fill hydrogen fueling station to dramatically reduce fueling time for passenger vehicles.  Download the press release.

January 27, 2014

Fuel Cell Modeling

On January 24, 2014, HNEI Assistant Researcher Kevin Davies made a presentation on equation-based, object-oriented fuel cell modeling at the HNEI Hawaii Sustainable Energy Research Facility in Kakaako, Honolulu, Hawaii.  To see a file with this presentation, click here.  For further information, contact Kevin Davies.

The presentation describes development of on equation-based, object-oriented fuel cell model library.  To see this library, click here.

January 23, 2014

Fuel Cell Model Library Now On-line

HNEI and Georgia Tech have developed an open-access equation-based, object-oriented Fuel Cell Model Library.  Developed by HNEI's researcher Kevin Davies in collaboration with Georgia Tech, the library resources support HNEI's research into understanding the effects of contaminants at the cell level and in a system exposed to volcanic gases.  For further information, contact Kevin Davies.

January 22, 2014

RPS Road-map: Modeling and Assessment

HNEI has contracted with GE Energy Consulting  to evaluate and assess the likelihood of compliance with State Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requirements by modeling costs, economics and technical implications of various renewable energy penetration scenarios, including comparing the value of grid-tied and generation-tied undersea island interconnections with island independent systems.  Future tasks will include the impacts of using liquid natural gas for electricity generation, modified utility operating practices and reserve requirements, and the use of ancillary services such as demand response and battery energy storage systems. 

GE Energy Consulting gave a presentation of its initial analyses under Task 1 of the Hawaii RPS Road-map Study on January 9, 2014 at the Hawaii State Capitol.  For further information, contact John Cole.
 

January 14, 2014

Solar Net Zero Energy Classrooms Expand HNEI Research

In conjunction with ongoing projects on energy efficiency and solar research, HNEI is conducting evaluations on six photovolaic arrays recently installed in Hawaii.  The experimental platforms for these efforts will be three net- zero-energy buildings created by California-based Project Frog Inc.

See the press release for more details.  Also, check the Pacific Business News article on this HNEI project.  The HNEI contact for this work is Jim Maskrey

March 20, 2013

Liquefied Natural Gas Report Now Available

The report entitled "Liquefied Natural Gas for Hawaii: Policy, Economic, and Technical Questions" has been released.  Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) commissioned FACTS Inc. to perform the study, selected through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process conducted last year.  The HNEI contact for this report is John Cole.

December 13, 2012

Fuel Cell Facility Expands Role and Changes Name

The Hawaiian Electric Company together with the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute hosted an event to commemorate the expansion of their research partnership. The facility has been renamed the “Hawai‘i Sustainable Energy Research Facility” (HiSERF). For details, see the HiSERF Announcement.

PDF icon HiSERF Announcement.pdf