The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and the County of Hawaii invite

your participation in the first NELHA Energy Storage Conference.


The State of Hawaii is striving to reach 100% clean energy by 2045. In doing so, it is securing a

position of leadership in the clean energy economy, including the use of energy storage to

address increasing amounts of variable resources brought into the grid. This conference will

bring together experts from US National Laboratories, academia, government and industry to

present energy storage technologies and applications and consider opportunities and



In addition to examining world and national trends, this event will focus on energy storage and

microgrid initiatives, issues and projects in the Hawaiian Islands and specifically on the Big

Island of Hawaii. The meeting will include presentations by leaders in the field as well as site

visits to installations.


Conference Goals:

- Present the latest information on the state of energy storage, in particular with respect

to grid modernization;

- Assess and compare progress of energy storage demonstrations and implementations in

Hawaii with those in other parts of the country;

- Examine the economics of energy storage;

- Discuss opportunities for projects within the State of Hawaii, the Island of Hawaii; and

- Discuss regulatory and policy issues affecting the implementation of energy storage in



The conference agenda will include one full day of presentations and panel discussions which

will consider existing case studies to examine issues of reliability, power quality, distribution

and generating capacity. The conference will also include a full day of visits to site

demonstrations at NELHA and elsewhere. The site visits will include NELHA’s energy storage

test bed, its ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) facility, and energy storage support for a

large sea water desalination plant.