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Alaska Energy Authority Emerging Energy Technology Fund: Round 1

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Project Description

The Emerging Energy Technology Fund (EETF) is administered by the Alaska Energy Authority and financed by appropriations from the state legislature and contributions from other sources, such as the Denali Commission. The program seeks to demonstrate alternative and renewable energy technology options for Alaska in the pre-commercial stage.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) led data colleciton efforts for the EETF.  ACEP worked with selected projects to identify critical performance data for collection, management, and dissemination.  Data analysis, and lessons learned were compiled into reports now available here. ACEP’s intention is to provide the public, energy technology industry, and government with the information needed to accelerate the development of energy solutions for Alaska. 

Sixteen projects were selected for funding in the first round of the EETF program.  These projects began in 2013 and were completed by 2019. ACEP oversaw data collection activities for the projects, providing a range of support functions including technical assistance, instrumentation specification and installation, and data collection system programming and commissioning.

Solid State Ammonia Synthesis Pilot Plant, Alaska Applied Sciences, Inc. (Please contact program lead for details)
The goal of this project to develop and demonstrate a complete, self-contained, containerized, transportable plug-and-play system capable of round-trip NH3 synthesis, storage, and regeneration of electric energy for feedback into remote energy grids.

Biomass Reforestation for Boreal Forests, Alaska Division of Forestry (Project Report: Biomass Reforestation of Boreal Forests)
This project is designed to improve the availability of biomass energy by promoting sustainable forests. A more sustainable forest can be created by planting more fastgrowing

Arctic Thermal Shutters and Doors, Arctic Sun, LLC. (Project Report: Insulating Thermal Shutters for Arctic Building Applications)
To increase energy efficiency, Arctic Sun is developing (1) doors that helps create a better barrier between the inside and outside, (2) automatic shutters that close when the sun goes down, and (3) shutters that use insulation beads instead of a solid piece of material. Ultra-Efficient Generators and Diesel-Electric Propulsion,

Genesis Machining and Fabrication (Please contact program lead for details)
In order to create a more efficient fishing vessel, Genesis Machining and Fabrication is developing the Power-Dense Motor, which can act either as a propulsion motor or generator head. Power-dense motors are smaller, use fewer materials, and cost less; however, they lose efficiency as the power-density rises.

Cold Climate Heat Pump Demonstration, Cold Climate Housing Research Center (Project Report: Testing of Ground Source Heat Pump in a Permafrost Environment)
This is a project to (1) determine if ground source heat pumps can reliably and efficiently produce heat through multiple heating seasons and (2) compare the price for these systems with traditional heating methods.

Enhanced Condensation for Organic Rankine Cycle, Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF (Project Report written by grantee, not ACEP: Enhanced Condensation for Organic Rankine Cycle)
This is a project to investigate, optimize, and test organic fluid condensation on surfaces that improve heat and mass transfer in organic Rankine cycle (ORC) machines.

Safe and Efficient Exhaust Thimble, Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF (Project Report: Testing of a New Design of a Safe and Efficient Exhaust Thimble)
Thimbles are a necessary piece of exhaust equipment because they provide some insulation between the exhaust pipe and the building structure. Current exhaust thimbles are extremely inefficient and are a main cause of heat loss with indoor engines. This project aims to find a solution to this situation.

High-Capacity Airborne Wind Turbine, Altaeros Energies, Inc. (Please contact program lead for details)
Altaeros Energies will demonstrate the operation and energy production of the Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT). This 30 kW turbine can be lifted up to 1,000 feet above the ground by means of a helium-filled shell.

Oceana In-Stream Hydrokinetic Device Evaluation, Oceana Energy Company (Project Reports: In-Stream Testing of Three Hydrokinetic Turbine Designs in Alaskan Rivers |PSI Lab Oceana Turbine Testing and Inverter Integration)
Oceana Energy Company is developing a hydrokinetic device that utilizes energy from river water and turns it into useful electrical energy. The Oceana turbine employs hydrofoils that are both external and internal to the rotating ring. A permanent magnet bearing is embedded in the structural ring along with the generator that produces energy.

RivGen™ Power System Commercialization Project, Ocean Renewable Power Company (Project Report: In-Stream Testing of Three Hydrokinetic Turbine Designs in Alaskan Rivers)
ORPC will be field testing their RivGen™ power system in the Kvichak River at the community of Igiugug. The Riv- Gen™ turbine generator unit was previously developed under the Denali Commission Emerging Energy Technology Grant.

Small Community Self-Regulation Grid, Intelligent Energy Systems (IES) (Please contact program lead for details)
Intelligent Energy Systems will demonstrate distributed intelligent load control as a low-cost method of increasing renewable energy on isolated grids. The project will create
a frequency-controlled system using residential electric thermal devices and a three-phase balancing unit as a load regulation device for the wind-diesel system in the village of Tuntutuliak.

Wind-Diesel Battery Hybrid for Kwigillingok, Intelligent Energy Systems (IES) (Please contact program lead for details)
Intelligent Energy Systems will demonstrate the use of smart inverters and high-performance vehicle-format lithium ion batteries to provide short-term energy storage in the Kwigillingok high penetration wind system.

BRI Cyclo-Turbine Energy Production, Boscham Research, Inc. (BRI) (Project Report: In-Stream Testing of Three Hydrokinetic Turbine Designs in Alaskan Rivers)
Boscham Research will deploy a cyclo-turbine (a design that constantly changes the angle of the blades with respect to the flow of water), a river in-stream energy conversion (RISEC) device in the Kvichak River at the community of Igiugug.

High Efficiency Diesel Electric Generator Set, Marsh Creek, LLC. (Project Report: Variable Speed Diesel-Electric Generation via Permanent Magnetic Coupling)
Marsh Creek will demonstrate a method of improving the fuel efficiency of a diesel-electric generator set by allowing the diesel engine to operate at significantly lower rotational
speed when power demand decreases.

Arctic Field Testing and Power Curve Verification of the Renewegy VP-20 Wind Turbine, Northwest Arctic Borough (Project Report: Testing of the Eocycle EO 25/12 Tilt-Up Wind Turbine in Kotzebue, Alaska )
The Northwest Arctic Borough plans to test and verify the power curve of the Renewagy VP-20 turbine in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Composite Flywheels for Wind-Diesel-Hybrid Systems, Hatch Engineering (Project Report: Composite Flywheels for Energy Storage)
Hatch will use a composite flywheel and develop a control platform for integrating wind-diesel hybrid systems.

Photo 1: ORPC Rivgen™ TGU (blue) and Chassis (yellow).  Courtesy Jason Meyer, ACEP.

Photo 2: The Green Machine was installed at the Tok Power Plant and is producing power.  Courtesy of Alaska Power & Telephone.

Photo 3: Oceana Energy Company turbine.  Courtesy of Oceana Energy at