Hybrid Micro-Energy Project

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CCHRC is actively participating in hybrid micro-energy research through this umbrella project, initially funded by a $500k grant from BP, designed to determine and demonstrate how a variety of renewable energy sources can be integrated together to power single family and residential cluster-scale energy demands in Alaska on a year-round basis. The solar photo-voltaic and thermal components of the HMEP have been operational at CCHRC's Research and Testing Facility and a wind turbine off-site since the fall of 2007. With a recent grant from the Denali Commission, HMEP is growing to encompass other energy technologies such as biomass gasification, geothermal heat pumps, and gas and wood fueled combined heat and power appliances.

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