EETF: Oceana Hydrokinetic

Project Overview

Oceana Energy Company aims to produce a hydrokinetic device that utilizes river water's moving energy and turns it into useful electrical energy. The first phase of testing will be conducted in Maryland to provide a clear baseline test with a second phase to take place in the Tanana River, near Nenana, Alaska.


Project Objectives

Oceana Energy Company plans to design and build the next generation of hydrokinetic devices. These devices will be designed to improve performance in-river over their last generation. They are planning their testing and baseline performance of the device to take place in the Carderock Division of Naval Surface Warfare. They are also planning on building and deploying a system that could raise and lower the device in and out of the water along with a structure to float on the river to house all this equipment. Lastly Oceana Energy Company will document the energy output and sediment impact on the device.


Technology

Oceana Energy Company has been developing a turbine that utilizes hydrofoils that are both external and internal to the rotating ring. A permanent magnet bearing is embedded in the structural ring along with the generator that produces energy. Research into how sediment suspended in the water will effect the device and more specifically the bearing performance.


Administration of Funds

The Alaska Energy Authority has been placed in charge of administration for the Emerging Energy Technology Fund projects. More information can be found on their website here

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