Iolani students studying renewable energy

Iolani students studying renewable energy


As if worrying about passing your final exam wasn’t stressful enough… Imaging having to do it in front of the Governor — a military general — and dozens of other dignitaries. That’s what group of Iolani students had to do tonight. KITV4’s Brenton Awa tells us why. These kids have yet to graduate from high school… But they’ve already got big plans for our state. This first-of-it’s-kind renewable energy class at Iolani is focused on getting Hawaii off its dependence of fossil fuels and on to ideas of sustainability. These students spent the semester hitting the books — but their teacher admits this is still amateur analysis. 458 – Dr. Timothy Cottrell “BUT IT DOES SPEAK TO ALL THE DIFFERENT RENEWABLE ENERGY OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE ON AN ISLAND BY ISLAND BASIS WITH A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY OF GETTING THE STATE OFF OF FOSSIL FUELS.” The study found that our states energy usage is well above what we can produce. 633 – Juliette Paige “SO WE’RE TRYING SO THAT WE CAN CUT OUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND INCREASE OUR RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION.” While we’re use to hearing about new and improved energy research being published — these students came up with a number to track how much energy the average person uses everyday. That number is 209.5 Kilowatt hours. 743 – Nick Lee “THAT’S ACTUALLY A PRETTY HUGE NUMBER BECAUSE IN COMPARISON TO BRITAIN WHICH IS ONLY AROUND 130 WERE ALMOST AROUND 70KW HOURS PER DAY MORE SO HAWAII AT THE STATUS QUO IS PRETTY UNSUSTAINAB LE.” The students know that dropping that number is a bold task. Their plan’s even more daunting. They want to wean Hawaii off of imports with a 70-percent cut and manufacture more goods here. That would drop that 209 number to about 146. To decrease our energy usage even more — they want to convert all transportation to electric vehicles. 1140 – Kaz Tomozawa “BY USING AN ELECTRIC CAR, WE WERE ABLE TO DROP THAT NUMBER DOWN 9- KILOWATT HOURS PER PERSON PER DAY.” Talk about a tough assignment… But these kids say — it’s just a start. Class wraps up for those students tomorrow — no word on a final grade but we’re told their presentation tonight went really well — even the governor had a question for the class. Cutting down trees

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