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UH President Praises Maui Smart Grid Project

University of Hawai`i President M.R.C. Greenwood spoke in Wailuku on November 20, 2012, as part of MEDB’s Innovation Series, on the economic benefits of research and development. She singled out the Maui Smart Grid Project as an example of a demonstration project that can foster innovation and produced immediate and long-term economic and scientific benefits.

UH Researching Hawaii's Biofuel Future

UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and its partners have a $6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine the use of fast-growing tropical grasses for biofuel production.

Hawai‘i: A Model for Clean Energy Innovation

Maurice Kaya, project director, Hawai‘i Renewable Energy Development Venture
Hawai‘i’s goal is to move to 70 percent clean energy by 2030. If done correctly, the state can become a world leader in the innovation and application of the technologies needed to get there, Kaya said. The university has a significant role in making that happen.
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Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Challenge and Opportunities

Sylvia Yuen, dean, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, UH Manoa
The success of sustainable agriculture rests on research and technology, Yuen said. With 11 of the world’s 12 soil types, 10 of its 14 climate zones and the ahapua‘a model for interactive impacts, Hawai‘i can create the model for feeding a growing population, but it will mean getting the best young minds to be agriculturalists.
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  • The University of Hawai‘i can be the new driver to create new businesses in biofuels, geothermal, wind; continuing development of technologies of use to the military; and biomedical advances. We have the entrepreneurs, the commitment and the partners to do it. The UH is going to be in the lead and I couldn’t be happier to make my complete commitment to it.”
    Neil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawai‘i
  • I am pleased to support the University of Hawaii’s Innovation Initiative. Please join me in expanding Hawai‘i’s research industry for a better and brighter tomorrow for the generations to follow.”
    The late Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator
  • There is huge economic opportunity in growing our research sector. We need to seize the day and support the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative.”
    Walter A. Dods, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Matson Inc.
  • The local business community has long recognized that research and innovation need to be part of Hawai‘i’s future.”
    Gary Kai, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Business Roundtable
  • Hawai‘i needs a strong research university to fully realize the potential of our knowledge-based sectors.”
    Jeanne Unemori Skog, President and CEO, Maui Economic Development Board
  • The University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative is an effort we hope the community will support, because it could determine the future of the state.”
    M. R. C. Greenwood, President, University of Hawai'i