Energy Projects

Biomass Greenhouse Handbook CCHRC is producing a handbook for school districts about how to build and operated a biomass-heated greenhouse.
Ground Source Heat Pump Demonstration at CCHRC CCHRC is testing a ground source heat pump at its facility in Fairbanks, part of a goal to shift to all renewable sources of energy and test the long-term performance of heat pumps in a subarctic climate.
Air Source Heat Pumps for Residential Baseboard Heating CCHRC is working with utilities in Southeast Alaska to identify air source heat pumps that work for homes with baseboard hydronic heating. CCHRC is investigating the stats and availability of compatible technologies for residential applications in the U.S. and foreign markets.
Air Source Heat Pumps in Southeast Alaska

ASHPs take heat from the outdoor air and use electricity to raise the temperature. Because they require less electricity than electric heating appliances, heat pumps could reduce heating costs for Southeast residents.

Domestic Hot Water Energy Modeling

This project focuses on how to get the most whole house efficiency out of your domestic hot water system, looking at both storage tank and tankless systems to see how to maximize efficiency through insulating or other means.

Fuel Use Monitoring

Researchers are testing several methods of monitoring fuel use at the household level to identify a cost-effective and accurate method for monitoring heating oil consumption across Alaska.

Ground Source Heat Pump & Solar Thermal at Weller School

CCHRC and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power conducted the first in-depth assessment of ground source heat pumps in Alaska. We studied a system at a local elementary school that uses warmth from the ground to heat the building, and recharges the soil with solar energy in the summer.

Hybrid Micro-Energy Project This project was designed to explore and demonstrate how a variety of renewable energy sources can be integrated to power single- and multi-family housing energy demands in Alaska.
Passive Refrigeration

This project looked at ways to use the cold temperatures during Alaska winters to lower the electrical demands of residential refrigerators and freezers. CCHRC partnered with industry to test a prototype of a passive refrigerator/freezer that used electricity only when the outdoor air temperature is too warm to sustain refrigerator temperatures.

Thermal Storage Technology Assessment

Thermal storage allows you to store heat for later use, such as storing solar or wood heat. This report examines the potential of thermal storage systems to enhance the use of renewable heating systems in cold climates and improve the efficiency of heating systems.