Our Biomasses

Kake is going to rebuild itself, around our biomass and that of other villages. Green is the way of the future.  Our biomass is essentially the Kake forests and vegetation that can be harvested from the sea.

With the closure of the pulp mills at Sitka and Ketchikan, we lost the market for our timber. Now we are looking at developing  other avenues in which to use our biomass, these will provide jobs and an ongoing variety of sustainable industries. Our new partner Global NRG Ltd has brought new technologies and ideas to the table to fully utilize forests, right down to the forestry wastes and Adler trees that were previously a nuisance.

 The following are the various vertically integrated biomass projects being undertaken. For more detail follow the link from the heading :

A Biowaste gasification power plant 

Forestry waste which previously had no value and was a nuisance, can now be used in a gasification process to produce syngas, the syngas in turn is used to fuel internal combustion engines coupled to alternators to produce green electricity, at a fraction of what we are presently paying IPEC now for diesel generated electricity.

Everyone will benefit, the cost of living will drop and it will become more viable to operate existing businesses such as the cold store and to start new ones.

A wood pelleting plant

Wood from the forests will be chipped, ground and pelleted under high pressure to form wood pellets containing condensed energy.

These wood pellets will be used for home heating, reducing the cost of heating and further cutting  the cost of living. The pellets will be sold into the local Alaskan market and exported overseas, providing Kake with new jobs and new income.

Wood Briquettes

Forest waste and virgin timber will be turned into sawdust and then compressed into briquettes using a special briquette machine.

Briquettes are used extensively as BBQ fuel, in wood stoves and for heating water as after being compressed they have up to 4 times the energy of ordinary wood. Briquette making is another project that other villages can participate in making and marketing or carbonizing through Kake

Alder wood chips and shavings

Traditionally there has been little market for Adler wood trees which grow so prolifically, now Global NRG has brought with them the markets and machinery to manufacture pellets, chips, sawdust and shavings from what otherwise would have been nuisance waste.


Waste wood and thin braches which in the past have had no value, will be turned into charcoal using Global NRG technologies in the form of charcoal retorts. The charcoal is to be sold within Alaska, but most will be exported overseas and to the lower 48.

Making charcoal will create new jobs and incomes and we will deploy this technology to other villages with Global NRG buying the production.

Green Houses

Using the waste heat from the gasifiers, generators, charcoal retorts and freezer compressors and nitrogen water and nutrient fertilizer from the anaerobic digesters we will establish a series of green houses to grow fresh organic produce

Some will be sold locally and intrastate, but the bulk will be processed and frozen using the existing  fish cold store and freezer plant. This will be one of the most cost efficient green house operations in the world because outside of labor it will use waste heat and fertilizer derived from fish waste.


Sawdust for which there has traditionally had no market, will be compressed and exported to Asia where it is used for animal bedding. Some of the sawdust will be turned into activated charcoal, while as volumes grow much of it will be pelleted.


Our intention is to use the Global NRG anaerobic digester system to turn fish waste into biogas. Fish waste is another waste for which there is little market at present and is normally tipped back into the sea. Biogas contains 55% to 65% methane and is highly suitable for cooking and heating

Leaves and scrub

This biowaste will be used in a special new type of furnace that can combust mixed biowastes with up to 60% moisture producing heat for schools, public buildings and for drying the biomass for the above projects and potentially district heating for remote villages. Leaves will be mulched and turned into compost for the green houses.