Introduction to REIS


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Prof. Tony Kuh from Electrical Engineering provides an introduction to the Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) project at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Slides from the REIS seminar series on 2009-08-27.

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Introduction to REIS

  1. 1. Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) Program Prof. and Chair Tony Kuh Dept. of Electrical Engineering Director REIS team
  2. 2. Why REIS?   Global Need and Interest   National Need: President Obama’s renewable energy program (use more renewable energy and energy efficient practices, job creation)   Hawaii Need: Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), 70% of energy to come from clean sources (renewable energy and energy efficiency) by 2030   Hawaii Advantages:   Natural resources: sun, wind, waves, geothermal   Closed grid system: more amenable to analysis   Ahupua`a system: island sustainability
  3. 3. Need to change energy consumption   Fossil fuels are not sustainable   Environmental considerations   Environmental impacts of fossil fuels   Carbon emissions   Climate change   Political considerations   Economic consideration
  4. 4. Two references   T. Friedman, Hot Flat and Crowded why we need a green revolution and how it can renew America, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2008.   D. J. C. Mackay, Sustainable Energy without the hot air, UIT Cambridge, LTD, 2009.
  5. 5. What is going on in Hawaii   Currently ~90% of energy is from oil, ~95% from fossil fuels. With HCEI by 2030 want 70% of energy to come clean energy sources   Development of RE sources, energy efficient and conservation practices, smart grid   Tremendous technical, scientific, engineering, economic, political and social challenges   State   Industry   Education
  6. 6. REIS Goals   Multidisciplinary team formed to conduct cutting edge renewable energy and island sustainability research   Obtain sustained funding from (NSF, DOE, military)   Become internationally recognized program   Develop REIS program to educate students in renewable energy and sustainability and provide work force for Hawaii, USA, and globally   Work with state of Hawaii and industry to help in implementation of Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI)   Develop experimental lab: Green Holmes Hall Initiative   Recruit undergraduates, K-12 students, underrepresented students into REIS program
  7. 7. REIS Program Constituents Federal Funding Agencies Hawaii State Industry Vice Chancellor REIS Industrial and Ostrander Team State Advisory Group Other UHM students visitors sustainability efforts
  8. 8. REIS Activities Research RE RE RE Smart Energy Sust. Prod. Storage Integ. Grid Efficiency Applic. Wind Batteries Distributed Solar Capacitors sources Wave Other Education Fuel Cells GHHI Other
  9. 9. Green Holmes Hall Initiative   Experimental testbed for REIS activities   Implementation first phase   RE generation and storage: installing PV, wind turbines, and storage batteries   Holmes Hall energy audit and conservation: monitor energy usage using sensor networks   Build smart grid (hardware and software) lab   Operational phase   Conduct research experiments and design projects   Work with state and industry   Recruitment tool for students   Work with other UH sustainability initiatives
  10. 10. Other Current Projects   Solar photovoltaic water pumps   Open micro smart grids   Wind forecasting   Nanotechnology in renewable energy   Automated force balanced kite-sails   Zero-net energy wearable biosensors   SWAC for Waikiki
  11. 11. Contact information   REIS homepage:   Seminar contacts:   Prof. Michelle Teng: X65060,   Prof. Tony Kuh: X67527,