New Energy Technology Facility helps research in renewable energy 

By Ian Larsen of Sun Star Reporter: Money is power. At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, power is power. In Alaska it’s easy to take the state’s vast resources for granted, but thanks to the newest building on campus, UAF researchers will learn how to maximize those researchers. The Geophysical Institute and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power developed the soon-to-open Energy Technology Facility.

“Alaska has more fossil and renewable energy resources than any other state in the nation,” according to the ACEP website. “Alaska has the potential for long-term sustainable energy production through development of its natural gas, coal, oil, hydropower, tidal, geothermal and wind resources to meet the energy needs of the state and beyond.”

UAF built the facility to use these vast amounts of renewable energy and house the projects. 

The ACEP team will celebrate the grand opening of the new Energy Technology Facility with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. Feb 15. ACEP will introduce researchers and the current energy projects that are in development.

This facility is located across from the Lola Tilly Commons and will allow ACEP to to house many of their projects on campus.

“We have research projects all over the state,” ACEP Director Gwen Holdmann said. “Battery research is done at Golden Valley, we have some wind energy research projects and hydrokinetics projects in rural areas.”

The facility will allow ACEP and other university researchers to easily perform large energy projects such as waste recovery, diesel fuel efficiency, advance-technology batteries, rural-community-scale power and wind-diesel technology. Through this research ACEP will be able to find cheaper and more sustainable ways to power Alaska.

The project broke ground last fall, and in less then a year the building is about to open for research. Read more

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