Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site
2014 Test Site News
AHERC’s Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site just outside of Nenana, Alaska, is playing host to a dramatic build out in the summer season of 2014. The site is being upgraded with office facilities in the form of ATCO trailer units, power has been run to the location and a pontoon barge will be onsite to give hydrokinetic devices a platform on which to be tested in the river. This effort is all taking place to support a busy testing season which will feature AHERC’s prototype debris diversion system and other hydrokinetic devices being deployed in the Tanana River. For more information on what’s happening at the Tanana Test Site this summer check out the updates (linked in the sidebar on the right). To receive these updates via email, contact Max Frey (email@example.com).
Photo: From left, AHERC Program Director Jeremy Kasper, Research Engineer Jack Schmid, Student Intern Timothy Tschetter, Senior Research Advisor to AHERC Jerome Johnson, and Student Intern Jeff Roba standing on the Tanana River Test Site barge prior to launch. Photo courtesy of T. Paris UAF.
Test Site Background
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.
Photo: Research Engineer Jack Schmid and Research Professional Paul Duvoy at the Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site. Courtesy of T. Paris, UAF.