Solar Project at NELHA shuts down

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Energy

Holaniku at Keahole Point has shut down. More details from Pacific Business News article.

NELHA, the County of Hawai’i and Hawai’i Electric Light Company have entered into a strategic partnership to attract, test and evaluate pre-commercial energy storage on February 13, 2014. Read more in a  joint press release issued by the three organizations today.

The first in a series of lectures on the topic of energy shall be held on January 8. 2013 at 5:30PM at the Gateway Center. Refer to the press release for more information of call Friends of NELHA at 808-329-8073.

Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. has recently announced the receipt of a $3.5 million award from HNEI (Hawaii Natural Energy Institute) and ONR (Office of Naval Research) to continue their OTEC work at NELHA. The work includes designing improved OTEC heat exchangers and the connection of OTEC produced power to the grid. A full press release is available ...
Read More Makai awarded .6M to continue OTEC work at NELHA

Cellana is feeling very hopeful about the future of algae production in the US!  Martin Sabarsky, Cellana’s CEO, recently participated in the Launch of the Congressional Algae Caucus in October 2013. The Algae Caucus is co-chaired by representatives Scott Peters from California and Matt Salmon from Arizona. Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii is also a ...
Read More Cellana Participates in Launch of Congressional Algae Caucus 10/23/13

The Hawai’i- Okinawa Clean Energy Cooperation 4th annual ocean energy workshop, organized and hosted by the Hawaii County, took place at the Hawaii County Kailua-Kona Civic Center on September 13, 2013. John Delong, NELHA Chairman provides one of the welcome statements. The workshop included progress reports on the recently inaugurated Kumejima test facility.     

NELHA is mentioned as Hawaii market spotlight in The American Council on Renewable Energy’s 2013 Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region report (page 14)! Hawaii is quoted as having “one of the most diverse renewable energy generation opportunities of any State”.

PICHTR’s Energy Excelerator ( program receives $30 million ( Apply by September 27 , 2013.

OTEC Summary from Luis Vega

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in OTEC

An overview of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion by Dr. Luis Vega is published in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Springer, 2012 (

Pat Takahashi blogs

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in OTEC

Director Emeritus with the UH Hawaii Natural Energy Institute blogs on simple solutions for the earth and humanity ( Pat has been involved with OTEC for over 40 years and is a great supporter of the technology.