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Many Advantages In a Single Location
THE LAND on which NELHA is situated consists of 870 acres
with a steep offshore bathymetry for easy access to the ocean
depths and what may become Hawaii's most valuable natural resource:
deep ocean water.
COLD DEEP SEAWATER (DSW) is delivered onshore at a chilly
6ºC (43ºF) from a 2,000-foot depth.
WARM SURFACE SEAWATER (SSW) from a source rated Class
AA pure, is at comfortably warm temperatures within the narrow
range of 24.5º to 27.5ºC (76º to 82ºF) year 'round.
PURITY OF NELHA'S SEAWATER SUPPLY makes it ideal as a
growth medium for marine plants and animals. (Click
here to view seawater quality data)
POTENTIAL ENERGY from a natural temperature difference
("delta T") of about 20ºC between the cold and warm seawaters
is available for use year 'round.
ANNUAL SOLAR INSOLATION at NELHA is the highest of any
location in the coastal United States.
LOW RAINFALL, less than 15 inches per year, means more
clear, sunny days to naturally maximize both marine and terrestrial
plant photosynthesis and growth with no added expense of artificial
lighting or heating, and virtually eliminates concern for unwanted
dilution of critical salinities in open pond aquaculture.
A WINTERLESS CLIMATE makes NELHA ideal for year
'round cultivation of a variety of organisms dependent on plant-based
PROXIMITY TO KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT at Keahole
puts NELHA at the center of the two largest markets in the world,
Asia and North America. Direct flights from Kona to the East
and West create opportunities to get fresh products to market
HAWAII ENTERPRISE ZONE benefits apply to qualifying businesses
located at NELHA's Keahole facilities, providing significant
savings to them.
A FRIENDLY COMMUNITY where the "Aloha Spirit" is
alive and well, and a stable political climate provide the setting
for all ventures at NELHA.
Application of Resources
NELHA offers unique opportunities for new industry development:
LOW COST COOLING for air conditioning and industrial cooling
is extremely cost-effective using cold deep seawater to
replace traditional coolants. NELHA has been saving up
to $4,000 per month since it switched its 3 buildings
to deep seawater-based cooling.
A WIDE RANGE OF TEMPERATURE REGIMES can be easily
created to maintain suitable environments for a wide variety
of marine plants and animals as well as terrestrial flora
small deep seawater (DSW) air conditioning system
provides cooling for NELHA's water quality laboratory,
tenant laboratory space, and public meeting rooms
totaling 67,200 cubic feet in two adjacent Research
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PRODUCTION from renewable resources
such as the "ocean thermal energy conversion" (OTEC) process
has been the focus of energy research at NELHA, the world's
leading facility for this area of research and development.
SOLAR ENERGY from ample sunshine is available year 'round
for testing and applying solar energy-based technologies.
AQUACULTURE takes advantage of the abundant resources
at NELHA to create optimum growing conditions for a wide range
of marine organisms.
MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY optimizes large-scale production
of marine microorganisms with vast pharmaceutical and nutraceutical
market potential. NELHA is a prime location for the development
of this new multimillion-dollar industry.
COLDWATER AGRICULTURE chills the soil using cold deep
seawater to improve on nature, dramatically increasing yields
for land-based crops.
RESEARCH THAT FOSTERS INNOVATION using the unique complement
of resources at NELHA is creating the industries of tomorrow...
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