Renewable Energy Systems
Keith Bethune (M.Sc., Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University), has over 14 years of experience in renewable energy, with an emphasis in the areas of electric vehicles, hydrogen technology, and fuel cells. Following his graduate work in marine corrosion, Mr. Bethune utilized his electrochemistry background coupled with the broad spectrum of engineering disciplines provided by the ocean engineering curriculum at FAU to begin working on electric vehicle battery technologies at HNEI’s Electrochemical Power Systems Laboratory. In 2002, he played an integral role in the development of the Hawaii Fuel Cell Test Facility, now known as the Hawaii Sustainable Energy Research Facility (HiSERF). He currently acts as HiSERF’s Lab Manager, overseeing daily operations and manages the development and construction of instrumentation, hardware, and supporting equipment used for various research projects. In addition, he is also the lead test engineer and currently is working on a multi-year collaboration with the Naval Research Lab’s UAV fuel cell program. In late 2014, he joined HNEI’s Wave Energy Test Site program to provide data acquisition and general site support.