VIDEO: RivGen system powers Alaskan village

VIDEO RivGen turbine powers Alaskan village
RivGen Power System in Kvichak River

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has deployed its RivGen Power System in the Kvichak River, near Igiugig village, Alaska.

RivGen is now feeding power to the local microgrid, significantly decreasing the community’s diesel fuel use, according to ORPC.

The RivGen Power System is a 25 kW self-deploying submersible hydrokinetic system designed to reduce and stabilize the cost of power in remote communities located near rivers and tidal estuaries that currently use diesel fuel for power generation.

Chris Sauer, ORPC President and CEO, said: “We are thrilled that our RivGen System is demonstrating a viable, renewable energy option for islanded communities currently dependent on diesel fuel to meet their local electricity needs.”

AlexAnna Salmon, Igiugig village Council President, said: “The Kvichak River is now putting clean power into our local grid without a glitch and the community is triumphant!”

The University of Washington, a partner in the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), is again on-site in Igiugig as part of a US Department of Energy funded project to develop advanced control systems for marine hydrokinetic devices to improve performance of such devices in turbulent current conditions.

ORPC is a US-based in-river, tidal and deep-water ocean current power generation systems and projects developer.

Check out the video of ORPC’s RivGen Power System deployment in the Kvichak River.

Image: ORPC