The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) based at the University of Alaska is dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska and developing economic opportunities for the State, its residents, and its industries.
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- 8/21/2016 | ACEP completes Tanana River turbine testing
The team from Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center (AHERC) tested a New Energy 2.5kW in-river turbine over the summer.
- 8/14/2016 | Pilgrim Produce – July 2016
During the summer of 2016, a variety of partners are working together to investigate the feasibility of agriculture on the site. As part of this project, we are planting a small test garden and building needed infrastructure that will be used in future on site agriculture.
- 7/11/2016 | In Isolated Alaska, Microgrids Aren't for Emergencies — They're for Every Day
Microgrids are often pitched as a solution to power outages in very specific places. But in rural Alaska, they have an entirely different purpose. And the federal government is now funding research into improving those microgrids.
- 6/27/2016 | Microgrids: Powering and Preparing Alaskan Villages for Economic Growth
Alaska is now a global leader in the development and operation of microgrids and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) works to improve the effectiveness of microgrids for Alaska and other communities.
In early 2015, EDA awarded ACEP with an i6 grant to establish the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization to provide the technical and business assistance required to accelerate commercialization and implementation of the technologies needed to improve the affordability and reliability of microgrid energy systems.
- 6/24/2016 | Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop
The final version of Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities: Summary of a Workshop was released to the public on Friday. ACEP Researcher Marc Mueller-Stoffels presented in this workshop in Washington DC.
- 6/24/2016 | Lab-, Field-Testing May Enable Hydrokinetic Technology to Bring Power to Alaskan Villages
Ever since researchers began field-testing in Alaska with small hydropower systems that generate electricity with a turbine submerged in a river, they’ve had to deal with such real-world setbacks as the generators getting hammered by logs carried along in the river’s current.
That’s what happened to hydrokinetic generators soon after they were submerged into the Yukon River at Ruby in 2008 and Eagle in 2010. But Jeremy Kasper and other researchers with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power say lessons learned from those tests helped them develop a structure called a “debris diverter” to protect the generators.
- 6/20/2016 | ACEP Microgrids Work Makes White House List
Through a White House press release on June 16th, the Obama Administration announced that University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Center for Energy and Power and its collaborators will be receiving funding through the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This funding aims to complement the Administration’s Clean Energy Solutions for Remote Communities initiative.
- 6/13/2016 | Unaatuq Breaks Ground on Pilgrim Hot Springs Development
ACEP’s Chris Pike was recently featured in a piece by KNOM Radio based out of Nome, Alaska. The interview highlighted the effort that will soon be taking place at Pilgrim Hot Springs to develop a community garden that will utilize the year round hot water of the site.