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In March 2017 Times Higher Education named the University of Alaska Fairbanks as one of the top 20 small Universities in the world!

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks 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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ACEP in the News

  • 5/16/2017 | Norwegians and Icelanders let Alaskans in on the secrets to economic prosperity
  • Unlike Alaska, though, Norway's economy is reportedly on the mend after a two-year slump tied to low oil prices. Its oil savings account of $940 billion dwarfs Alaska's Permanent Fund of $59 billion, both on an absolute and a per-capita basis. As a sovereign state, Norway can influence its economy by setting its own monetary policy, while the value of the currency in Alaska is determined by the Federal Reserve. Norway is more than a fourth smaller by land area and on the whole more developed. The social safety net is tightly woven and has wide public support.

  • 10/23/2016 | Alaska’s Microgrid Experience Applied Across Borders
  • While Alaska has a goal of generating 50 percent of all electricity from renewable sources by 2025, expensive diesel-generated power currently constitutes 90 percent of rural communities’ energy mix.

  • 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.

  • 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 | 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.