Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority

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The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i Authority (NELHA) is a state agency that manages and operates a research facility and an industrial park devoted to ocean sciences and technology, both at Keahole Point on the island of Hawaii. The research facility houses projects performing research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of natural energy and related resources. The industrial park provides site and infrastructure for aquaculture and other ocean-related commercial ventures.

The governing body of the Authority consists of eleven voting members:

  • four ex officio voting members are:
    • Director of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
    • Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources
    • President of the University of Hawaii
    • Mayor of the County of Hawaii
  • three members from the general public, one of whom is a resident of Hawaii County, appointed by the Governor for staggered terms.
  • two representative each from the boards of
    • High Technology Development Corporation
    • Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation
  • Chairperson of the Research Advisory Committee
  • Secretary of the Research Advisory Committee

NELHA's assets include office and laboratory facilities, infrastructure, pristine natural resources, and leasable open land for use by tenant research, education, and commercial projects. A dual-temperature seawater system that is the only one of its kind in the world sets NELHA apart from all other technology parks and creates a prime setting for innovation and new industry development in this island coastal setting. [1]


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