Cranking Up the Heat
The Alaskan communities Frontier has worked with, include:
Kongiganak ● Kwigillingok ● Tuntutuliak ● Kipnuk ● Pilot Point ● Chefornak ● Hughes ● Kwethluk ● Atmautlauk ● Kokhanok
In 2012, Frontier Power Systems joined forces with Intelligent Energy Systems of Alaska to provide different system components for a number of these villages.
In the early years of this collaboration, Frontier mostly provided the control systems and integration design for three “wind-diesel-heat” projects.Frontier designed and installed the system integration hardware, software, and SCADA, using third party turbines as the source of wind power. Frontier also utilized thermal stoves, similar to those used in Summerside. These stoves store excess wind energy when the turbines are producing more energy than the community is using. The stoves were installed in Elder and other residents’ homes in the communities, and have had incredible impacts, sometimes reducing a winter heating bill by 50%, where heating costs are the primary expense in the winter.
Since 2016, Frontier has continued manufacturing and supplying even more communities with Mark 2 turbines, and the e+micro control system, allowing continued integration with the diesel plant, solar arrays, battery systems, and thermal stoves. Two of the Mark 2 turbines, with newly designed tilt-up towers will be erected in late 2020.