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Solar Energy Research in ... Alaska!

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Research Professor Alaska Center for Energy and Power (U of AK Fairbanks)

George Roe is a member of the research faculty at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, affiliated with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). His work focuses on development...

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Alaska is often referred to as the Land of the Midnight Sun.  More and more of that sunlight (and at other times of the day) is being harnessed to generate electricity at locations across the state, in scales that range from the kW to the 100's of kW.  Low ambient temperatures and snow/ice reflections can result in compelling, and sometimes surprising, performance.  The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), an applied research organization within the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is actively involved in a range of projects related to solar photovoltaic systems in cold climates - an introduction to those initiatives is available at the ACEP website (  Michelle Wilber, part of the solar team at ACEP, recently posted this webcast as part of the program's information-sharing efforts:


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Matt Chester on Apr 1, 2020

Bravo for this great program-- as you know cold itself doesn't deter PV and solar energy, rather the issues come with solar irradiance and hours of sunlight. But with innovators looking into it, even our northernmost state can benefit! In that regard, I ironically think you'll have something to teach where I live, the 'Sunshine' state!

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