1. About the speaker:
    Anthony Kuh received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1987. Dr. Kuh previously worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and has been on the faculty in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii since 1986. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the department. He is also currently serving as director of the interdisciplinary Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) Center.

    Dr. Kuh’s research is in the area of neural networks and machine learning, adaptive signal processing, sensor networks, communication networks, and renewable energy applications. Dr. Kuh won a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and is an IEEE Fellow. He was also a recipient of the Boeing A. D. Welliver Fellowship and received a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar’s Award working at Imperial College in London. Dr. Kuh was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, served on the IEEE Neural Networks Administrative Committee, served on the IEEE Neural Networks for Signal Processing Committee, and was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. Dr. Kuh co-chaired the 1993 International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications (NOLTA) and served as the technical co-chair for the 2007 IEEE ICASSP both held in Honolulu. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association and was on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Board of Directors.

    Seminar Abstract:
    This talk gives an introduction to Hawaii’s energy landscape and REIS education and research opportunitites. The state of Hawai’i and the US Department of Energy (DOE) signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008 known as the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) requiring 70% of Hawaii’s energy come from clean sources by 2030. At the beginning of 2009 we formed a multidisciplinary research and education program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, (REIS) to focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, and smart grids.

    The REIS group won an internal UHM sustainability competition in 2009 and in 2010 won a DOE work force training grant in the Strategic Training and Education in Power Systems. We discuss goals of our group including building the REIS program, education activities, multidisciplinary research test-beds (Deployable Disaster Devices (D3), Smart Sustainable Campus (SSC), and Smart Sustainable Waikiki (SSW)), and interfacing with other UHM and outside energy and sustainability efforts.

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  2. About the speaker:
    Dr. Nejhad received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials from the University of Delaware in 1992. He is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is the founding director of the Composites, Smart Structures, and Nanotechnology laboratories. He holds three patents (on Nanobrush, Nanoresin, and Nanoforests) and has over 140 publications (including publications in Nature Materials and Science). He is also an ASME and Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials.

    Dr. Nejhad is the faculty advisor for the student sections of the ASME, SAMPE, and SAE, and is the Department ABET Chair. He is one of the inventors of the Nanobrush, i.e., “World’s Smallest Multifunctional Brush”, certificated by the Guinness Book of World Record in 2007.

    Seminar information:
    This project is a part of the REIS Program. The primary focus of this project is to employ Nanotechnology in renewable energy production (such as wind turbine and wave rotor blades, fuel cells, and solar cells) and storage (such as batteries and supercapacitors) technologies to develop devices with improved performances, efficiencies, and durability while reducing the cost, weight, and size of such products. In addition, this project aims at the development of Off-Grid and Grid-Tie Deployable Disaster Devices (D 3 ).

    The D 3 project will supply power to those stranded because of natural disaster, war, or remote location. The D 3 system is self-sufficient designed to provide power employing renewable energy when conventional means are not available. In a D 3 system, power is generated through power generation devices (such as sized photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, etc.) that are used: (1) for consumer energy needs, (2) charge storage devices (such as batteries, capacitors, etc.), (3) to deliver power to the network when the system is grid-tied and generates power more than needed or (4) to draw power from the network when the system is grid-tied and the power generation is less than consumption & storage recharge needs. The power supply is scalable, using a modular system that connects multiple units together. The size of the system can be scaled depending on the need.

    The D 3 primary unit is the brain of the system allowing for smart switching and load balancing of power input and smart regulation of power output. This easy modular type of assembly will provide a rapidly deployable and easy to use system. The D 3 will be protected by a ruggedized weather proof composite casing allowing for operation in a variety of extreme environments. The D 3 control unit’s priority function is to operate off-grid unless switched to grid-tied mode. The switchable function of the D 3 allows for operation in remote areas where off-grid power production and management is the only option, or in disaster relief applications where there is no operating infrastructure, and power is needed to support critical operations. The Smart D 3 project is when the system is grid-tied and is one of the three Testbeds in the REIS project.

    The D 3 Testbed serves as the nano-grid system to test the REIS Smart Grid Core-Competencies to be developed in the REIS projects, and be implemented in the Smart Sustainable Campus Testbed (as the micro-grid), and further be expanded to the Smart Sustainable Waikiki Testbed (as the macro-grid). Todate, the D 3 Testbed has employed a number of Testsites on Oahu, such as Kahuku Farm and Papakolea Community Center, to develop and test its Off-Grid and Grid-Tie D 3 Systems.

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  3. About the speaker:
    Leon joined the faculty of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, UH Manoa, in 2012 as a Specialist in the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems.

    Prior to joining HNEI, he was with the Hawaiian Electric Company for 19 years serving in numerous management roles, most recently directing the System Integration Department. His career at Hawaiian Electric has included management responsibilities for renewable energy planning and integration, smart grid planning and projects, distribution planning, transmission planning, generation resource planning and procurement, the purchase and distribution of fuel to utility generating plants across the its service territory, and the negotiation of power purchase contracts for Hawaiian Electric (island of Oahu), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company (islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai) and Hawaii Electric Light Company (island of Hawaii). Leon also directed major programs across all three companies, including Hawaiian Electric’s commitment to integrate large-scale wind energy resources via a proposed HVDC undersea cable system to Oahu.

    Leon is also a licensed attorney and worked in private law practice in Hawaii and has held the position of Associate General Counsel at Hawaiian Electric. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii.

    Seminar Abstract:
    The isolation of the Hawaiian islands and our long history of importing fossil fuels as the primary energy source for both electricity and transportation needs has had a profound impact on our economy and the energy security of its residents. However, as with many great challenges, significant opportunity lies therein to secure a better future for our island home and to position Hawaii as an international leader in clean energy development.

    Learn about how the island of Maui is in the midst of an energy paradigm shift, transforming its energy future by harnessing its abundant indigenous renewable energy resources. In doing so, the power grid on Maui is fast becoming a recognized test bed for new energy sector smart technologies, attracting significant R&D investment from domestic and international sources. The presentation will share information on three exciting smart grid projects underway on Maui and how in combination, they form the making of the Maui smart grid. Through these collaborative engagements between government, the utilities, community volunteers, academia and industry, technology and clean energy know how is being developed while real world solutions to the island’s energy challenges are being realized.

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