In 2016, the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization (made up of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Alaska Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Economic Development) coordinated a competition for emerging microgrid technology companies. The competition included Technology Seed (up to five awards), and Microgrid Project (up to two awards) categories.
As announced at the 2017 Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle last week, DONuT and Ocean Renewable Power Company were selected as recipients of the Technology Seed awards, and UniEnergy Technologies was selected as the Microgrid Project grand prize winner.
Competition winners receive technical consultation ("Technology Seed", up to 125 hours) or lab integration/testing ("Microgrid Project", up to 25 days) as a means of helping them move their technologies toward market availability.
All applications were carefully reviewed, and selection of the finalists was based on recommendations from an independent advisory team's review of the application packages drawing on their expertise in technology, utilities and finance.
The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization is funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration i6 Challenge grant and by the State of Alaska through appropriations to the University of Alaska.