ACEP receives federal energy grant for hydrokinetic research

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) has been named as a recipient of a major grant from the United States Department of Energy through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program.

ACEP will receive $3.3 million to advance a project exploring new economically competitive Hydrokinetic Turbines designs for tidal and riverine currents.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, one of 11 recipients of the federal funding, has proposed a concept that employs a floating generator housing and tethered turbine to create a Hydrokinetic Turbine system that has low capital and operating costs and is well suited for community co-design. 

The turbine is coupled to the generator by a flexible torsion-cable that transmits mechanical power while allowing the turbine to deflect around debris. This technology combines new and innovative solutions to reducing remote riverine HKT levelized cost of energy. 

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