Hawaii gets funds for distributed energy systems at NELHA

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, May 30, 2012 –Hawaii will receive more than $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to fund the development and deployment of distributed energy systems at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) in Kailua-Kona, run by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).

The funds will be used to analyze how advanced energy technologies could improve energy performance at HOST Park with the development of a small micro-grid and provide related updates to the State of Hawaii's renewable energy and distributed energy resources strategy.  DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) serves as a project manager at HOST Park.

Major components of the project include: the development of a solar energy test bed at the HOST Park Research Campus; an industrial control system for seawater system equipment combined with a system to monitor, collect, and report data about electricity use at NELHA; the collection of system and solar resource data at the NELHA site; and the updating of the Renewable Energy and Distributed Electric Resources Strategy to increase the utilization of the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center.

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