Fairbanks businessman eyes recyclable paper as a power source 

By Jeff Richardson of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: When Bernie Karl surveys the bales of used cardboard and paper that are filling one of his warehouses at K&K Recycling, the Fairbanks businessman envisions a fuel source that will soon feed electricity into the local power grid. That dream took a big step forward a few days ago, when fledgling programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright began providing a stream of recycled paper material to Karl’s business along the Richardson Highway. He expects another of his business interests, Chena Power, will be ready by the end of the year to transform that garbage into electricity. Karl plans to use new technology to make that happen — a 500 kilowatt biomass power plant that can burn woody biomass and recycled products from the landfill to make electricity.

“This is really a fun project,” Karl said. “When we get done, it’s going to be good for the community.” Read more

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