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.
UAF has identified energy as a key research growth priority. ACEP is leading this charge, serving as a gateway to energy research throughout the system and focusing on areas that most directly meet the immediate needs for the state and its critical industries.
Brian Rogers, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
News & Events
ACEP This Week
- Farewell to Deputy Director
- ACMTC Webinar on Microgrid Competition
- Energy Technology Facility Tours
(There are currently no upcoming events.)
ACEP in the News
- 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.
- 4/26/2016 | News Deeply, Arctic Deeply; Getting Renewable Energy into Remote Communities
About half of the global Arctic population lives in isolated communities that must generate their own electricity, often from diesel fuel. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Gwen Holdmann, director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power.
- | ACEP in the Washington Post; The surprising things Democrats and Republicans agree on when it comes to energy
ACEP is mentioned in The Washington Post regarding the recent energy bill in the senate.
- 4/19/2016 | ACEP in the Washington Post
The surprising things Democrats and Republicans agree on when it comes to energy.
- 4/18/2016 | E-Wisdom: The tough task of switching to renewable energy sources in the Arctic
Groups banding together to help transform energy in the Canadian Arctic.
Six organizations — Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Tugliq Energy Co., Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the Pembina Insitute, WWF Canada and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy — are joining forces to collectively help remote Arctic communities expand large-scale renewable energy projects and thus reduce dependence on diesel power.
- 4/18/2016 | Guam Daily Post: Guam and Alaska are similar and can learn from each other
The University of Guam and University of Alaska Fairbanks have announced the establishment of a broader partnership for climate change and energy generation. The announcement was made during a collaborative energy workshop at the 7th Regional Island Sustainability Conference at the Lotte Hotel Guam in Tumon.
- 4/11/2016 | AHERC in Tidal Energy Today
ACEP’s Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center (AHERC) team is preparing to conduct multiple tests set to take place at the Tanana River test site, Alaska, this summer. The team will be testing the technology from Canada-based hydrokinetic developer New Energy.
- 4/04/2016 | Groups join up to push Arctic renewable energy: 'toughest place in the world'
Six organizations including ACEP have banded together to help remote Arctic communities reduce diesel power generation and expand large-scale renewable energy.
- 3/07/2016 | Arctic Circle is Hot Spot for Renewable Innovation
The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is co-leading a new program to be launched this summer for countries whose borders venture into the Arctic Circle. Dubbed the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy (ARENA) program, this program is a formal project under the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, with four of the eight council countries co-leading so far, including Canada, Finland, and Iceland, along with the United States (Alaska).
- 2/01/2016 | KNOM Exchange: The Future of Pilgrim Hot Springs
ACEP’s Director Gwen Holdmann along with Bering Straits Native Corporation’s (BSNC) Robert Bensin were featured in a KNOM interview about the future development of Pilgrim Hot Springs last week. Following the radio interview, a public presentation was held at the UAF Northwest Campus in Nome on the topic as well.