Two research awards announced at Alaska National Lab Day

Published: May. 30, 2018 at 7:04 PM AKDT
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Today marked the start of Alaska National Lab Day, an event where the Department of Energy, national labs and researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks came together in hopes of collaborating on future research projects. UAF is already benefiting from these collaborations, as two projects were announced today.

One is a five-year agreement between UAF and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to research hydro power generation, marine renewable energy and underwater technology development. UAF also received a $7 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy for a project on unconventional oil and natural gas recovery.

Abhijit Dandekar, the department chair of petroleum engineering at UAF says this project is one example of why Alaska is a living laboratory.

"This is a true example of that, in the sense that is a field pilot, so this is not just a lab study, lab studies will support the pilot, but it's a field pilot that will be done on the north slope of Alaska, so great potential for viscous oil recovery," said Dandekar.

These projects are an example of the collaborations they hope to come out of Alaska National Lab day.