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Hawaii fuel cell research facility gets new name

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:23 p.m. HST, Nov 29, 2012

A fuel cell research facility jointly sponsored by the state and Hawaiian Electric Co. has been given a new name and logo to reflect a broadening of its mission.

The 10-year-old Hawaii Fuel Cell Test Facility is now called the Hawaii Sustainable Energy Research Facility, or HiSERF.

Since its creation by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute the laboratory has become one of the foremost fuel-cell research facilities in the country, attracting more than $12 million in research funding from the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Energy and industry partners, according to a news release from HNEI and HECO.

“The new name reflects an expanded mission to study variable energy storage technologies and smart grid applications as well as fuel cells,” according to the news release.

The facility’s sponsors have recently undertaken several significant battery energy-storage projects, according to the release.

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