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The Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP) is an Office of Naval Research initiative.

APTEP promotes commerce and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region through advancements in alternative energy research, technology development and education. Due to increasing energy demands, the APTEP vision is focused on “alternative energy for sustainability”.

This includes continuing development of world-leading U.S. research capabilities; a U.S. economic base providing technologies to meet Asia-Pacific needs; and a U.S. workforce educated to develop and implement appropriate technologies. In addition, APTEP promotes partnerships with Asia-Pacific nations for the open exchange of technology advancements and joint educational opportunities.

APTEP Triangle

Promote sustainability through alternative research, technology development, education and commerce

APTEP Purposes and Approaches

Sustainability Promotion

Promote sustainability through alternative energy research, technology development and education.

U.S. Technologies

Research, develop and evaluate U.S. technologies applicable to Asia-Pacific regions.

U.S. Cleantech Workforce

Provide a U.S. cleantech workforce by linking energy education, energy research and cleantech companies.

Energy Scientific and Technological Advancements

Partner with Asia-Pacific nations to promote and share alternative energy scientific and technological advancements for sustainability.

Partnerships with Asia-Pacific Nations

Establish partnerships with Asia-Pacific nations through economic, research and educational opportunities.

Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific

Hawaii is uniquely suited to serve as the center for APTEP activities due to:

Geographic location

Environmental similarities to other Asia-Pacific regions

Cultural, educational and economic ties to many Asia-Pacific nations

World-leading research capabilities in scientific and technology areas highly relevant to Asia-Pacific needs

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Investments provided by APTEP will maintain and further expand Hawaii’s capabilities in the areas of research, education and commerce

In addition, APTEP promotes partnerships with Asia-Pacific nations for the open exchange of technology advancements and joint educational opportunities

APTEP Triangle horizontal

Education & Workforce
  • Address need for future clean-tech workforce;
  • Map the K-20 grade level STEM Pipeline;
  • Develop energy outreach programs to promote and sustain interest in STEM;
  • Promote development of innovative learning programs in STEM topics related to clean-tech.

Research & Technology
  • Research, develop and evaluate U.S. technologies applicable to Asia-Pacific regions;
  • Establish partnerships with Asia-Pacific research organizations;
  • Evaluate alternative energy at test-bed sites across Hawaii as models for environmental and climate diversity in Asia-Pacific regions.

Business & Marketplace
  • Grow U.S. commerce by promoting U.S. clean-tech technology across Asia-Pacific regions;
  • Provide resource assistance to facilitate the growth of U.S. clean-tech startups;
  • Provide entrepreneurial and business maturation guidance to facilitate the development and growth of U.S. clean-tech startups.

For Hawaii, APTEP ultimately translates to Hawaii being a primary U.S. research center, producer, and marketplace for alternative energy technologies for Asia-Pacific commerce, as well as a provider of education and training for an Asia-Pacific cleantech workforce.

  • Energy Research and Technology Development

    World-leading alternative energy research and technology development.

  • Growing Future Leaders

    Educational curricula growing future leaders in energy technologies, economics, policy and cultural sustainment focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Educational, Training and Outreach Activities

    Educational, training and outreach activities at community colleges and local economic development organizations.

    • Alternative Energy Testbed Sites

      Alternative energy testbed sites across the State as models for environmental and climatic diversity in Asia-Pacific regions.

    • Attention to Small Businesses

      Alternative energy product maturation with local companies, in particular small businesses.

    • Open and Effective Marketplace to Asia-Pacific Nations

      An open and effective international marketplace for U.S. alternative energy technologies.

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