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Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site

The team at ACEP/AHERC are professional and a pleasure to work with. The hydrokinetic test facilities they have developed at Nenana on the Tanana are exactly what we are looking for to test our device and these facilities will be an asset to us and other hydrokinetic device developers in the future.

Ned Hansen, VP of Engineering, Oceana Energy Company

2015 Test Site

AHERC’s Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site just outside of Nenana, Alaska.  

 AHERC Barge Test Photo For Web

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.

Biggest Tanana River Pic

Photo: Research Engineer Jack Schmid and Research Professional Paul Duvoy at the Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site.  Courtesy of T. Paris, UAF.