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Friday, August 21, 2015


Makai Ocean Engineering hosted a galaxy of important decision-makers at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority today, celebrating the reality of OTEC electricity into the Big Island grid, with Governor David Ige turning on the switch:

To the right is Reb Bellinger, serving as master of ceremonies.  There were 150 invited guests, including the participants of the Okinawa-Hawaii workshop yesterday.

Here are Dawn and David Ige.  He was an electrical engineering student at the University of Hawaii when I taught in the College of Engineering.  This week has been not unlike a three-day eulogy, for leaders in the OTEC field and government in general said a lot of good things about my early involvement in the field, even Governor Ige:

Representative Mark Nakashima (he worked in Senator Matsunaga's office with my wife Pearl), Rep. Nicole Lowen and Rep. Chris Lee:

I was sitting next to Hawaii County Council Chairman Dru Mamo Kanuha, with Hawaii County Council Woman Karen Eoff to his right.

Here are two key people, Henk Rogers and Ted Johnson:

I might mention that Duke Hartman of Makai brought all these people here.  Can't see much of him, but click on his name for a frontal view, but you need scroll down to his talk:

Here is what the system looks like offshore (with a future 100 MW floating plant inserted):

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said all the right things:

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was in fine form, with shorts and slippers:

The two individuals who most contributed to this gathering were Rich Carlin, Office of Naval Research, and Rick Rocheleau, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute:

A reception featuring a wide range of local pupus followed:

I only had a hamburger slider and white wine, but there was a lot more.  Then, there will be dinner tonight.  However, I returned to my hotel.  I think I'm OTEC'd out for the next two years.  Special thanks to Pat Nagy, who works at the Four Seasons Hualalai, and drove me back and forth to the celebration, for she is a director with the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, and is involved with the OTEC partnership between Kumejima and Kona.

There are now seven ocean storms:

The one of most concern to me is Tropical Depression Kilo, expected to become a Category 2 hurricane and head in the general direction of Kauai:

But here are the computer models, including one approaching Honolulu around midweek:

We could continue to be lucky, for a real hurricane has never made landfall over Oahu in recorded history...but there can always be a first time. 

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Danny is now up to 110 MPH, but all projections show a weakening before make landfall over St. John, then towards Puerto Rico.  However, these islands are awaiting the coming rain with glee, for they are suffering from drought conditions:

Typhoon Goni has weakened to 95 MPH, but is continuing to head towards Miyakojima and Kumejima, then on to Kagoshima on Kyushu:

Typhoon Atsani is also weakening, now down to 100 MPH and will move away from Japan:


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