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  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • ACEP to Install Data Logging Power Meters at Poker Flat Research Range

Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) is the world's only scientific rocket launching facility owned by a university. Poker Flat is located approximately 30 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska and is operated by the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute under contract to NASA.

An initial assessment of PFRR’s 2015 electricity bills, conducted by ACEP, found the potential for significant cost savings in demand charges through load leveling. To assess the measures required to reduce demand charges, electricity utilization data will be collected with power meters at high time resolutions for a duration of around 12 months. This data will also assist in understanding optimal sizing of potential future energy storage and local renewable generation assets.

Four power meters instrumented with data logging capabilities will be installed. The main service connection will be metered outdoors with a PQube 3 power quality analyzer in a ruggedized pole mount package. The remaining three meters will feature Elkor WattsOn Mark-II power meters in custom packages designed by ACEP.

ACEP’s PSI Director, Marc Mueller-Stoffels, together with Research Engineers, David Light, and Luis Miranda, made a reconnaissance site visit recently to the PFRR meeting with Range Director Kathe Rich, Senior Telecommunications Specialist Dave Hill and Optics & Communications Engineer Kevin Abnett to determine necessary steps for the integration of the data logging equipment into the existing switchgear. The installation of the new equipment is scheduled to commence in June 2017.

PSI Team at Poker Flats.  H. Merkel, UAF.