Alaska Center for Energy and Power

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Center for Energy and Power has received a federal award to aid development of hydro energy technology for rural Alaska communities. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Electric Car Workshop Next Week

Jun 10, 2020

There are about 500 electric vehicles in Alaska. The landscape is improving for running electric cars cheaply and for long distances. But there are still barriers to overcome. Fairbanks scientists are inviting manufacturers, utility regulators, transportation analysts and just general motorheads to a two-day virtual workshop. The workshop is 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17.

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About 400 people from around Alaska and elsewhere converged on the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center Tuesday to talk about how residents of the state’s rural and remote communities can reduce high energy costs during the 20th Rural Energy Conference.

Seeking solutions to villages’ high energy costs …

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks will open the doors of its new engineering building Saturday to give the public a peek inside the gleaming glass and steel structure. Visitors can check out the engineering-on-display lab on the first floor, where construction work has been completed. But the rest of the six-story structure is still a work in progress. And workers are hustling to complete the project by the end of the year.

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Engineers at UAF’s Alaska Center for Energy and Power have invented a device that should help promote greater use of renewable-energy sources such as wind and hydropower to generate electricity in small, remote communities. Center officials say development of the ST100 is an important milestone in their effort to boost the use of renewables to help communities save money by burning less diesel fuel to generate power.

Adapting sustainable-energy technology for the remote communities …  

Harnessing rivers to generate electricity …

A top-level Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks …

A new State Department program enables scholars from circumpolar nations to share research and solutions for regional problems.