This report outlines the status of hydrokinetic power generation technology, the expected trajectory of improvement over the next five years, and recommended actions the state can take to accelerate this technology field. The report is based on numerous sources as well as data collected by ACEP over thepast year at a hydrokinetic research site in Nenana, Alaska.
Johnson, J. and Pride, D. “River, Tidal, and Ocean Current Hydrokinetic Energy Technologies: Status and Future Opportunities in Alaska. Alaska Center for Energy and Power. November, 2010.
A summary of current research efforts and issues related to hydrokinetics in Alaska.
Johnson, J., Toniolo, H. and Seitz, A. “Hydrokinetics: the Alaskan way”. International Water Power & Dam Construction, July issue (2011), 38 – 41.
The article provides a comprehensive approach for hydrokinetic resource assessment.
Toniolo, H., Duvoy, P., Vanlesberg, S., and J.B. Johnson. 2010. Modelling and field measurements in support of the hydrokinetic resource assessment for the Tanana river at Nenana, Alaska. Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng, J. Power and Energy, 224, Part A, DOI: 10.1243/09576509JPE1017
This publication is a literature review that synthesizes the current state of knowledge of fish ecology in the Tanana River and provides a framework for studying the impacts of hydrokinetic devices on fishes in high latitude turbid rivers.
Seitz, A.C., K. Moerlein, M.D. Evans and A.E. Rosenberger. 2011. Ecology of fishes in a high latitude turbid river, with implications for the impacts of hydrokinetic devices. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, DOI 10.1007/s11160-011-9200-3.
The article describes a new numerical module capable of calculating power density and the location of maximum velocity and specific discharge along a river reach.
Duvoy, P. and Toniolo, H. “HYDROKAL: A module for in-stream resource assessment.” Computers & Geosciences , July issue (2011) DOI:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.06.016
The article is focuses on the kinetic and turbulent energy partition.
Walsh, C., Fochesatto, J. and Toniolo, H. “The importance of flow and turbulence characteristics for hydrokinetic energy development on the Tanana river at Nenana, Alaska.” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, published online November 7th, 2011, DOI: 10.1177/0957650911424025