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Hawaii, Korea energy tech institute team on energy storage testing

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 in Energy Storage, Headlines, Pacific Business News, State Energy Office

(Pacific Business News)   The state of Hawaii is expected to sign a major agreement with Korea’s leading energy technology institute later this month to collaboratively work on test projects in the state, including a packaged battery system for residential homes, the head of Hawaii’s energy office told PBN Tuesday.

Mark Glick, administrator for the state Energy Office, told PBN in an exclusive interview that the agreement with the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, a government agency that does research and development work, will also include collaborating with Jae-Hyup Lee, professor of the School of Law for Seoul National University.

Lee, an international visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law, has been an authority in the area of smart grids.

“He held a meeting we attended two years ago and he’s also working closely with [the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning] and has been strongly encouraging this continued relationship,” Glick said. “Korea’s a big deal and Japan continues to be a partner, as they will have a huge presence at this conference.”

The tests in Hawaii will be done on packaged batteries, inverters and panels for homes, which also includes the use of fuel cells.

“There’s a variety of technologies we believe [the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning] would like to test here,” Glick said. “The agreement will get that effort begun and we will have more serious discussions after the conference.”

The agreement with Korea follows the recent Hawaii-Okinawa extension of an existing agreement that aims to lead a lot of the collaboration on grid improvements, transportation and also touches on the overall renewable generation picture and efficiency.

“Then we will have people to people exchanges to work with each other in the future and try to target investments in Hawaii and in Japan, not just Okinawa,” Glick said. The Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning has a staff of 130 employees and a research and development budget of $707 million in 2013, according to its website.

Its research and development areas include energy efficiency and resources, energy and resource recycling, new and renewable energy, power generation and electricity delivery, nuclear power, radioactive waste management, human resources development, energy policy international cooperation and offshore wind power.

The agreement will become official at a signing ceremony in Honolulu at the Asia-Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center from Aug. 24-26. It also includes testing projects in Korea, although no projects have been identified there yet.

The conference will be co-located with the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase.

Keynote speakers include Alan Oshima, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co., and Eric Gleason, CEO of NextEra Energy Hawaii, which was formed by NextEra Energy Inc., the Florida company proposing to buy the state’s largest utility for $4.3 billion.

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