Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hawaii is one of the few places in the world which has all forms of renewable energy: wind, tidal, hydro, solar, geothermal, and biomass. Despite this however, Hawaii meets more than 90% of its energy demand through imported oil. Why are we so dependent on non-renewable resources? Is there a better way to address our need for transportation fuel and electricity? This website and the Bioenergy Lab Manual will help to illustrate some of the leading technologies in the field of renewable energy as a result of biological acitivies.

Note to Teachers

The intention of this website is to provide a proof of concept for technical ideas developed in research laboratories around the world. The results and data obtained through the experiments presented in the manual and on this website are by no means optimal or publishable. We would require that all student experiments be conducted under the close supervision of the instructor, and we recommend that the instructor attempt the experiments at least once prior to demonstrating it in the classroom. Please abide by all local and federal laws and regulations when conducting the experiments and diposing of wastes.

Make a difference...

Everyone knows that sustainability is the way of the future, especially in Hawaii. You can make a difference. Educate yourself and others on key issues threatening our way of life. Be proactive!

Crash Course Learning

We recommend that you take the time to carefully and thoroughly familiarize yourself with the topics discussed here and in the manual. However, as researchers we also understand that time is precious. If you find yourself in a pinch or you feel like you need a refresher, try our crash course cheat sheet that we put together to help you: Download Crash Course


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  • Biogas
  • Microbial Fuel Cell
  • Biodiesel

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