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University of Hawaii

Electrical Engineering

An Introduction to Wind Energy

Date: 2011-03-26           Add to Google Calendar
Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa 2540 Dole Street (Holmes Hall 244) Honolulu, HI 96822
Speaker: Dr. Dora Nakafuji and Dr. Tony Kuh; Guest lecturers to be announced.

$50 (General), $40 (Student), includes handouts and wind data on CD. Pre-requisite: basic high school algebra. Brown bag lunch suggested.


This class is tailored for those interested in developing a general knowledge of wind energy systems, design basics, wind energy economics and electrical grid integration needs. Increase your understanding for both commercial scale wind energy systems versus smaller distributed installation. Topics for discussion include wind resource assessments, estimating energy output, energy forecasting and economics of deploying wind. Participants also examine the recent Hawai'i Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Hawai'i Clean Energy Initiative along with sustaining wind power for the islands.


- How wind turbines have evolved over the past 30 years

- How do wind turbines produce energy?

- How and when energy can be produced from the wind: (a) modeling; (b) measurements; (c) economics

- What are the wind integration concerns?

- Wind development experiences in Hawai'i

Dora Nakafuji, PhD, Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, has been the Renewable Energy Planning Director for Hawaiian Electric Company since 2009. Prior to joining the utility, she served for eight years as a staff researcher with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Security Engineering Division, where she was lead investigator on the $1M Wind SENSE effort as part of the Department of Energy's Renewable Support Initiative.

Tony Kuh, PhD, Professor and Chair, Electrical Engineering, University of Hawai'i, is Director of the College of Engineering's Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) project. Initially funded through a $1M University of Hawai'i at Mānoa grant on sustainability, REIS currently has $2.5M funding under a Department of Energy grant on work force training (Strategic Training and Education in Power Systems).