The net zero energy FROG structures serve as both classroom and research platform located on the UH Manoa campus. While used for high school and college coursework, building energy-use thermal comfort and environmental sensor research is conducted in these rooms.
HNEI’s GridSTART (Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team) focuses on the efficient and effective integration of renewable energies into the power grid. GridSTART advances solutions and technologies for the Asia-Pacific region by analyzing, modeling, and field deployment and verification.
Hawai‘i is rich in various types of biomass resources that can be used as a renewable source of energy in the state. Follow HNEI’s bio-refinery processes from which biomass is converted into useful energy.
Housed at the Marine Corps Bay Hawai‘i (MCBH), the hydrogen “fast-fill” fueling station is an ongoing research effort of HNEI. The station allows for the application of sustainable transportation options by utilizing high-pressure hydrogen to power the vehicle’s electric motor using fuel cell conversion.
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) converts ocean temperature differentials into usable energy. With the goal of high efficiency, low cost renewable energy, HNEI and partner Makai Ocean Engineering pioneer processes for energy extraction.
HNEI supports the commercialization of wave energy as a worldwide renewable resource. The institute is responsible for data analysis, collection, and reporting of the research completed at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), the only wave energy grid-connected test site in the U.S.