Homer Tidal Power and Marine Instrument Test Station Project

homer tidal aerial


homer tidal presentation smallThe Homer Tidal Incubator project began in 2012 as a group of Homer proponents, agency representatives, and industry professionals started meeting to discuss the potential of utilizing the Homer Deep Water Dock as a tidal generator testing station.  

The City of Homer is sponsoring a project with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) School of Engineering as part of the working group, offering advice and directing resources from an engineering capstone class to further the feasibility investigation.

The two alternatives, which include a facility fixed on the Homer Deep Water Dock and a floating system based at the dock, appear viable and are undergoing further investigation.  Through exploring the advantages and disadvantages of implementation for each alternative reported by the engineering students, the City of Homer and the Homer Tidal Incubator working group are enabled to select the preferred option for the UAA engineering capstone class to complete the design to 35%.


Community Partner

  • City of Homer

Project Lead

  • Orson Smith, P.E., Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering, UAA
  • Osama A. Abaza, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, UAA
  • Jeffrey Hoffman, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, UAA
  • Jens Munk, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering, UAA


  • Dan Boone
  • Drew Nielson
  • Ian Dorman
  • Mat Madsen
  • Michael Hamman
  • Sava White
  • Weiran Man