Friday, July 23, 2010 | Modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Hawaii company’s wind turbine has widespread potential
Hawaii company’s wind turbine has widespread potential - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
>>A mobile, retractable-blade wind turbine equipped with solar panels is one of the newest inventions to emerge from Hawaii’s increasingly dynamic alternative-energy sector.
Honolulu-based Natural Power Concepts, a private company that designed the turbine, has secured a licensing agreement with Oshkosh Defense, which will develop a full-scale model in the coming months.<<
Who knows if these guys are one of the OEM's mentioned:
>>Oshkosh Defense is a division of Osh-kosh Corp., a major manufacturer of specialty vehicles and trucks based in Wisconsin.
“This is an example of us leveraging our environment as a perfect test bed of renewable-energy technology development,” said Larry Lieberman, the company’s CEO and a board member of the Hawaii Science and Technology Institute. “For us, we can only prototype things up to a certain level. To get anything meaningful built on a large scale really requires a larger company like Oshkosh.”<<
This is the first time I've seen the trailer/container:
>>“Altairnano technology was selected for this project based on its unique values of long cycle life and very rapid charge and discharge capabilities,” said Dr. Rick Rocheleau, HNEI director. “These characteristics are expected to help meet the integration challenges of high-penetration wind energy sources.”<<
I wonder why GE's batteries/energy storage systems were not chosen last year:
Oct 12, 2009 02:57 PM in Energy Technology | 2 comments
Hawaii picks Maui luxury resort as site to test smart-grid technology
By Larry Greenemeier
>>Maui, whose peak load is about 200 megawatts throughout the island, already receives nearly 10 percent of its energy from wind, but minute-to-minute wind fluctuations prevent wind power from being a reliable source of energy for the grid.
GE announced in July it was working with Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric Company, the University of Hawaii's Natural Energy Institute and the U.S. Energy Department to launch the Maui Smart Grid project. This project's goal is to develop and demonstrate the use of smart grid technologies and help Maui Electric control peak circuit demand, maintain adequate circuit voltage levels, and integrate intermittent renewable energy resources such as wind and solar.
Maui Smart Grid Project developers especially want to address wind's unpredictability—a major barrier to its widespread use as a reliable green technology and one that prompts the state to continue depending on oil-fueled generators—by developing grid communications and controls that help Maui Electric coordinate various resources, such as distributed generation, energy storage, voltage controls and residential loads.<<