Kenai resident wins $125K Energy Prize for device that converts river, ocean currents into power 

(From L-R) President of Smart Product Innovations, Inc. Juno Beach, W. Scott Anderson, Mike Graham, Michael McNamara, and Alan W. Scarone, Associate Dean of Graduate Education and research Penn State.

(From L-R) President of Smart Product Innovations, Inc. Juno Beach, W. Scott Anderson, Mike Graham, Michael McNamara, and Alan W. Scarone, Associate Dean of Graduate Education and research Penn State.

Congratulations to REAP member W. Scotty Anderson Jr. and the team from ECO-Auger who just won the $125,000 ConocoPhillips Energy Prize for their ECO-Auger, a hydrokinetic device that converts moving water from river and ocean currents into renewable electric energy. The ECO-Auger’s hydraulic storage pressure compensation system guarantees constant energy output regardless of tidal current strength, according to a ConocoPhillips press release about the award. Designed with tapered helical leads on each end rather than sharp edges, the machine does not impact marine wildlife.

The ConocoPhillips Energy Prize is a joint initiative of ConocoPhillips and Penn State to recognize new ideas and original, actionable solutions that can help improve the way the nation develops and uses energy. A qualified panel of experts review entries and select up to five finalists. Concepts are judged on the basis of creativity, scalability, commercial viability, and sustainability. To read more about Anderson’s design and the contest, go here. 8 in Test model BW flyer

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