SAN FRANCISCO – MKThink was awarded a $390,000/ten month contract with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI). Together, HNEI and MKThink will study and document energy dependencies in two distinct areas: Cultural and Human Environmental Factors in Higher Education and Grid Connected Batteries & Energy Infrastructure Systems. The project will continue to develop MKThink analytic tools and processes to better understand, predict, and evaluate the factors impacting energy consumption.
The new study expands on prior initiatives from the research community that use data as a means to compare, evaluate, and manage input across project portfolios. In 2009, the U.S. Office of Naval Research funded MKThink to begin investigating a framework logic to analyze data including cultural, environmental, and architectural/ asset-related factors called REACHE — Renewable Energy Architecture for Cultural and Human Environments. The next challenge for MKThink was to create technology to allow wider and more cost effective use of the framework, resulting in a new software platform called 4Daptive. This software, currently in beta, is capable of applying the logic to large data sets and relating the data to contextual conditions of place, time, value and scale. MKThink will conduct research with 4Daptive (and possibly other related technology) to support HNEI.
HNEI is part of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and conducts research to test and evaluate renewable energy technology. MKThink, the ideas company for the built environment, is an innovation / design-thinking company based in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.mkthink.com or contact Signo Uddenberg, Technical Projects Lead – Innovation Studio, at firstname.lastname@example.org.