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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- 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.
- 1/06/2017 | Solar energy a viable option, even in Alaska
- 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.
- 10/23/2016 | $1M for Microgrid Design Tool…Microgrid Partnerships…Navigant to Run REV Connect
Others working on the microgrid design tool project include Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Burns Engineering, and General Electric (GE Energy Consulting).
- 9/18/2016 | Wind, solar energy real options for Canada's remote Arctic communities
A University of Waterloo study says bringing solar and wind energy to Canada's remote Arctic communities is not only possible and environmentally beneficial...
- 9/18/2016 | If Alaska can make renewable energy work, why not Nunavut?
While Nunavut communities continue to rely on dirty diesel fuel as their only energy source, other Arctic regions can breathe easier and sit prettier after integrating renewable energy sources...
- 9/18/2016 | 'Historic moment for Nunavut' at renewable energy summit
Inuit leaders shared their first-hand experiences of the changing climate in conversations and working sessions at the just-completed Arctic Renewable Energy Summit in Iqaluit...
- 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.