March 01, 2016 Department of Energy Awards Funding to Igiugig, Alaska, to Advance Commercialization of ORPC’s RivGen® Power System
Igiugig, Alaska, March 1, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Igiugig to receive up to $1,540,341 to further advance the design and operation of ORPC’s marine hydrokinetic technology for rivers, its RivGen® Power System, which the company successfully demonstrated in the Kvichak River at Igiugig in 2014 and 2015, displacing the community’s diesel fuel use by one-third. To initiate the project, the Energy Department has approved
phase one funds of $392,500.
“We’re thrilled to continue work with our partners in Igiugig to reduce and stabilize their cost of energy, and in so doing, strengthen the community’s sustainability,” said ORPC President & CEO Chris Sauer, “We are moving forward to replicate our collaboration in Igiugig in other remote communities in Alaska, Canada and worldwide.”