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Hawaiian and National Energy Groups to Develop Clean Energy
The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and the University of Hawaii's Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) are teaming up with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and its affiliate, the Electricity Innovation Institute, to develop clean energy technologies. The partnership, announced in mid-May, will focus on emerging renewable, energy efficient and environmentally sensitive energy applications, including distributed generation, on-site, central station, and transportation technologies.
The partners already have a number of projects underway together. EPRI, for instance, has a microturbine demonstration underway at a HECO facility, and has a number of photovoltaic projects planned or already installed in the state. Earlier this year, HECO and HNEI announced a joint venture with UTC Fuel Cells and the Office of Naval Research to build and operate the Hawaii Fuel Cell Test Facility to test hydrogen fuel cells, accelerating their adoption for specific commercial and military purposes and eventually leading to lower cost fuel cells.