Altairnano Selected by Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute for Wind Energy Integration Demonstration Project
Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the Hawai’i Electric Light Company to supply a one-megawatt ALTI-ESS energy storage system for a test of wind energy integration.
Under the MOU, Altairnano will provide the ALTI-ESS battery-based power management system to smooth the output of an operating wind farm with a high-rate of charging and discharging of the energy storage system.
The project is designed to test the performance characteristics of the battery and to demonstrate the effectiveness of battery storage technology to integrate wind energy into an electric grid. The test is expected to demonstrate solutions for integration of greater levels of renewable energy onto the grid, improving capacity utilization, and reducing dependency on fossil-fuel power generation while maintaining grid performance and reliability.
Hawai’i Electric Light Company plans to install the energy storage system at the Hawi Renewable Development wind farm on the north end of Hawai’i’s Big Island.
A definitive agreement reflecting the terms of the memorandum is expected to be finalized by the 4th quarter of 2010 with system installation in the first half of 2011.
The Office of Naval Research is providing funding for the project through a grant to the University of Hawai’i.