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Marsh Creek Provides Renewable Energy Resources for Alaska
Wind, hydro, geothermal, and solar, each replenished by natural processes, are all available and abundant natural energy sources in Alaska. These resources can be harnessed to produce energy off-sets to fossil fuels in many rural communities, especially communities served by small isolated electric grids. Marsh Creek is at the forefront of this industry; developing solutions to aid our communities with wind projects and other energy solutions.
* Identify and develop synergistic partnerships with organizations to foster renewable energy projects such as wind, solar, hydro
* Promote the concept of "Green Energy" in rural Alaska energy projects
* Support statewide renewable energy concepts, contribution to regional development of local renewable resources|
* Assist our communities with grant applications to acquire "Green Energy" projects
Wind accounts for only a fraction of electricity use in Alaska because it has two main problems; first, the cost to develop and harvest the wind in remote communities is high. Second, the wind is non-firm energy and is wholly dependant upon the resource. There must be power plants (often fueled by diesel fuel) ready to turn on instantly if the wind slackens. Marsh Creek has developed technology to solve this problem: a wind-diesel hybrid power plant, and we installed two of them in the remote village of Kokhanok, Alaska.
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) and Marsh Creek worked together to submit a grant application to the Emerging Energy Technology Fund Round I. The grant was awarded and funded in winter 2013. The RivGen Project will be carried out in several distinct steps. Marsh Creek and ORPC will deploy and install the RivGen device “Cook Inlet” near the town of Nikiski, Alaska, where tidal currents offer a “virtual river” testing environment. After this testing is complete, the RivGen device will be disassembled and shipped to the village of Igiugig, Alaska. At Igiugig, the device will be installed in the Kvichak River, and connected to the village’s microgrid. The RivGen Power System will be monitored and evaluated for performance for a period of 6-12 months, after which the RivGen will be disconnected and redeployed to Nenana, Alaska for testing in the Tanana River.