M&I Electric delivers control system to Hawaii biomass project

By American Electric Technologies Inc. | August 25, 2016

American Electric Technologies Inc., a leading provider of power delivery solutions for the global energy industry, recently announced that its M&I Electric business has recently completed delivery and commissioning of a biomass power generation control system project in Kauai, Hawaii.

M&I provided the highly customized control system for the biomass power generation project for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, which has deployed a combination renewable energy strategy of solar, biomass and hydroelectricity to meet its power demand requirements and improve grid stability.

This 7-MW plant just outside Lihue provides 12 percent of Kauai’s power. One of the first plants of its kind in this country, the $90-million project burns wood chips from invasive species and from locally grown trees.

“We are pleased to be able to support this important renewable energy project for Kauai with our biomass power generation control systems,” said Charles Dauber, president and chief executive officer, AETI. “This project exemplifies our mission of empowering energy and shows progress in our growth strategy of working with traditional and renewable power generation projects around the world.”

Power generation control systems are part of the M&I Electric turnkey power delivery solutions portfolio which includes custom-designed medium and low voltage traditional switchgear, Arc-resistant switchgear,  power distribution centers (PDCs), power conversion equipment, automation and control solutions, construction and electrical services.