Hawaii energy park, Sandia National Laboratories to test energy storage

 Hawaii energy park, Sandia National Laboratories to test energy storage

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has secured a deal with New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to work on energy storage projects at its energy and ocean technology park on the Big Island.

“This effort builds upon the 2014 initiative by the County of Hawaii, Hawaii Electric Light Co., and NELHA to cooperate, share resources and attract companies interested in testing and evaluating pre-commercial energy storage units on [the Big Island],” said Greg Barbour, executive director of NELHA. “SNL is a world leader in the field of [electrical energy storage] and brings a tremendous amount of expertise and knowledge to NELHA projects.”

NELHA and SNL will evaluate three energy storage systems to be installed at NELHA’s new energy storage test bed, according to the Pacific Business News. The 21.9-kWh M100 battery module by Aquion Energy Inc. was installed in March by Renewable Energy Service (RES). RES will provide monitoring services for at least six months. A second system, by a separate manufacturer, is expected to come online later this year.

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