Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site
To facilitate the development of hydrokinetic power in Alaska, ACEP established the Alaska Hydrokinetic Research Center (AHERC). AHERC examines the river and ocean environment and investigates other industry-advancing research questions.
AHERC’s Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site is used to test hydrokinetic power generating devices, related technologies, and to characterize the river environment under realistic Alaska river conditions.
Researchers and industrial clients can use the test site to assess interaction between hydrokinetic devices and the environment in a controlled fashion at a well characterized site. Examples include fish interactions, debris management, turbine placement, hydrodynamic analysis, sediment transport and icing. Information collected from these studies is also used by permitting agencies to inform and streamline their decision making process.