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Island Pulse on Campus

The display, located in the Weinberg Technology Plaza, vividly shows sustainable power use on the island and serves to answer basic student questions about where the power we use actually comes from.

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Scot Allen

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Thanks to the kokua of Blue Planet Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), Mid-Pacific has on loan its very own Island Pulse display board. This visual dashboard visualizes energy use on the island of Oahu, and is refreshed in real-time every 30 minutes.

The display, located in the Weinberg Technology Plaza, vividly shows sustainable power use on the island and serves to answer basic student questions about where the power we use actually comes from. Better yet, the display also prompts students to think about their impact on the world and pose valuable questions. For example, most people viewing the display for the first time are amazed to learn that coal generates a significant amount of power on the island. Less surprising, solar power generation drops sharply as the sun sets...

Feedback is a critical step in comprehending the impacts of our energy use. By looking at Island Pulse, students can see and understand our collective energy usage. Conditions that affect consumption trends may include weather, time of day, day of week, holidays, or other events. Island Pulse is therefore a useful tool to aid students as they study sustainability, according to Brian Dote, Mid-Pacific's Chief Innovation Officer.

How much energy are we using right now? You can check the Island Pulse website to find out. This electronic energy gauge reports how much electricity the island of Oahu is using at any given time. It also identifies the source of the generation: solar, wind, H-Power, biofuels, coal and oil.

Island Pulse is made possible by Blue Planet Foundation in partnership with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). Data provided by HECO is updated every 30 minutes. In addition to Mid-Pacific, Island Pulse displays can also be found at four other locations on the island.

Turn your computer into your own Island Pulse display by following this link.

Blue Planet Foundation is a local nonprofit organization committed to clearing the path for clean energy. The BPF vision: A world of abundant, renewable energy that sustains all life on Earth.