Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has shipped out its commercial RivGen device from Maine to Igiugig Village, Alaska.
The RivGen device will be installed in the Kvichak River this summer to provide electricity to the remote community of Igiugig.
The device was manufactured at Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) Brunswick Landing.
The RivGen power system incorporates in-stream turbines that require no dams or barrages, and has the ability to seamlessly integrate with isolated power grids that rely on diesel generators such as Igiugig’s, offsetting diesel fuel use and allowing generators to be shut off entirely.
This project is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Water Power Technologies Office to the Igiugig Village Council.