Nenana Test Site
With many of Alaska’s communities located along major waterways or near tidal basins,
there is significant interest from developers, utilities and communities to develop Alaska’s
hydrokinetic power resource.
To facilitate development of a hydrokinetic power industry in Alaska, ACEP established the
Tanana River Hydrokinetic Test Site in Nenana, Alaska, to test hydrokinetic power-generating
devices and technology under realistic Alaskan river conditions.
Researchers use the test site to define ways hydrokinetic turbines and aspects of the river
interact, including fish, debris, sediment transport and icing. Information collected from
these studies will be used by hydrokinetic developers to improve their designs, and by
Alaska’s permitting agencies to inform their decision making process.