A group of industry professionals and interested individuals have been exploring the idea of establishing a test center for tidal power at the Deep Water Dock. The vision is a station at the Homer Deep Water Dock with infrastructure for submerging and testing tidal power generation equipment that would be valuable in the relatively nascent field bringing researchers, industry and economic development to Homer. Council authorized $100,000 for this project in Ordinance 12-51(A) in the form of a reimbursable grant.
Since the reimbursable grant was created in 2012 preliminary design work has been performed by University of Alaska Anchorage Engineering students and site characteristics have been collected and analyzed by the University on velocity, currents and sediment to help better understand the marine environment at the test site. Representative Paul Seaton and NOAA's Kris Holderied gave a presentation updating the Homer City Council on the progress made at the January 13th Council meeting. A copy of their presentation can be found here. Local media has been following the projects progress. Click here for a report from KBBI and read an article in the Homer Tribune here.
The next step for the project is to conduct a market analysis to survey demand for a tidal energy incubator site with the characteristics of the Homer Deep Water Dock.
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