ACEP This Week
October 7-13, 2013
(For prior week's news, please visit the ACEP This Week Archive)
ACEP in Iceland for the 2013 Arctic Energy Summit
ACEP Director, Gwen Holdmann and Lead Researcher, Marc Mueller-Stoffels are in Akureyi, Iceland to present at the 2013 Arctic Energy Summit. The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.
ACEP Collaborates with URSA for Intern Hires
ACEP researchers, Daisy Huang and Marc Mueller-Stoffels, have just received funding from the UAF Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity department (URSA) to mentor two undergraduate research students in a feasibility study on snow removal from solar panels. The undergraduate students will design and build simulated solar panels and investigate the cost to benefit ratio of active snow removal, when weighed against produced power. Additionally, Dr. Huang will guide the two students through a course of study on renewable power deployment in Alaska.
Community Energy Lecture Series - Tuesday, October 15
Community Energy Lecture Series
“Winter’s Coming: Get Your Home Ready for Energy Efficiency and Comfort”
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Blue Loon (2999 Parks Highway)
General Manager, Arctic Sun, LLC
Owner, Arctic Sun, LLC
Improving the air-tightness of your home can increase energy efficiency enormously and is a solution that is accessible to every home owner - whether it’s a tube of caulk around a window, some chinking between the logs, or a larger scale project with a contractor.
No discussion of an air-tight home, is complete without discussing ventilation too. Join the experts from Arctic Sun to hear what they’ve learned about ventilation in the Far North over the years, including humidity, health, challenges, and new technologies.
ACEP At Work – Pilgrim Hot Springs Geothermal Assessment Weekly Project Update
- Two inch pipe was deployed to run temperature logs through thick mud. The last section failed and ~950’ of pipe was dropped into the well. Fortunately, this occurred while most of the drilling crew took an R&R break for the week
- Two inch pipe was retrieved using creative fishing techniques and a suite of flowing temperature logs were collected
- Terrasat completed geophysical logs of hole
- KNOM reporter visited Pilgrim site
NEXT WEEK: Well PS-13-1 will be reamed to the full 14” diameter beginning next week
To receive daily updates contact Max Frey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Daisy Huang visits the City of Tanana to Investigate the City’s Biomass Program
ACEP researcher, Daisy Huang recently visited the City of Tanana, Alaska to view its new biomass program first had.
“The Tanana City government is gradually transitioning to heat all city buildings with hydronic wood-fired boilers. One of the goals of this program was not just energy independence but keeping money in the local economy. They set the price of firewood at a certain price per cord (currently $300), and buy firewood from anyone who is willing to cut and split it.”
“Each wood-fired boiler displaces annually about 5000-6000 gallons of diesel. The money saved by the city so far has enabled building a new children’s playground, and improvement and weatherization of the school and teacher housing. Lining the school's walls with foam board has resulted in saving 7000 gallons of oil in the first year.”
Some Tanana residents are concerned about long-term sustainability of the new city wide biomass energy transition but Dr. Huang is confident that the changes it has brought so far have certainly benefited the community.
ACEP on the Radio in Nome
Nome radio station, KNOM, covered the story of ACEP Research Assistant Chris Pike as he presented to the Nome Chamber of Commerce on the Pilgrim Hot Springs Geothermal Resource Exploration Project. To hear what Chris had to say follow the link to KNOM’s posting of the presentation below.
ACEP in Remote Classrooms
On October 10th from 4pm-5pm ACEP Outreach Coordinator, Melody Moen, will present on an OWL video conference at Alaska State Library & Talking Book Center on the AK Energy Smart curriculum and the 2014 Alaska KidWind Design Challenge.
The AK Energy Smart curriculum is designed to foster an energy savvy and responsible Alaskan citizenry through interdisciplinary units of study that investigate how energy is all around them, while the 2014 Alaska KidWind Design Challenge is a student-oriented wind turbine design contest where students learn about wind energy through designing and constructing their own wind turbines.
The videoconference will take place at Alaska State Library & Talking Book Center
344 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 125
Anchorage, AK 99501
There are two ways for people to participate in the OWL videoconferences. They can ask their public library to “join” the OWL videoconference and then participate from there or they can contact the OWL video schedulers and ask to participate from their home or office using CISCO jabber software. Some organizations have their own video conference networks (schools) and they just need to contact the video schedulers.
Alaska OWL videoconferencing network
There are links on the upper right-hand side of the screen to the OWL calendar, OWL staff and the Video Conference Request form.
Email address to the video conference schedulers located at UAF: Uaemail@example.com
Connect with ACEP
The Alaska Center for Energy & Power is an applied research program under the Institute of Northern Engineering located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information contact Julie Estey, Business Director, Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org.