Welcome to Clean Green Kake  

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Kake is a tribal village located in the SE Peninsula of Alaska. Like so many remote villages in Alaska it suffers from high unemployment (82%), a high cost of living with electricity costing 63c/KWh due to it being generated from diesel which has to be imported by water from Seattle 810 miles (1,300km) away, the high cost of winter heating and transport from using fossil fuels and the high cost of food generally which has to be imported from the lower 48 states.

Traditionally Native Americans in Alaska have relied on fishing and forestry for jobs and income. When the pulp mills in Ketchikan and Sitka closed in 1997 it left thousands in the forestry industry  out of work. With their forests consisting mainly of pulping wood the forests of SE Alaska including Kake were left stranded.

As oil climbed to above $100/bbl. the viability of running a cold store for the fishing fleet with electricity prices soaring, became impractical.

In 2014, Global NRG Ltd a WTE (waste to energy), renewable energy and energy storage group, looking to deploy some of its technologies in Alaska, put a proposal to Kake Tribal Corporation to build a biowaste gasification power plant and wood pelleting plant in Kake using forestry waste. Later the project expanded to become a vertically integrated city capable of demonstrating to the world that greening a city is possible.

What we will demonstrate here at Kake in Alaska, through our Clean Green Kake program, is that not only Kake and other remote villages, but nations and areas around the world do not necessarily have to be disadvantaged by lack of fossil derived energy, because in almost every case they can use Municipal waste, biomass, organic wastes, the ocean, wind and solar to create affordable  renewable energy.

Global NRG Ltd is embarking on using the millions of tons of forestry waste left lying on the forest floors and tons of annual fish waste to green Kake via renewable energy.

Kake will demonstrate that not only can an entire village or city survive without fossil fuels, but that the energy produced will many cases be cheaper than or competitive with that derived from fossil fuels and that Kake will be self sustaining. Electricity presently costing 63/KWh will drop to around 12 /KWh, using forestry waste to make syngas and then to use it for generating electricity, while using pellet stoves and wood pellets will drop the cost of heating a home by around 70%.

Forestry waste is to be turned into charcoal, briquettes and wood pellets for heating. Fish waste will be turned into biogas for cooking, heating, generating electricity and nitrogen rich organic fertilizer. Waste heat from the gasifiers, gensets and charcoal retorts will be used to heat green houses growing fresh organic produce and for heating for schools.

These products will be consumed locally in Alaska and exported to the lower 48 states producing a dramatic reversal of fortunes in Kake and other villages in terms of income, reduced cost of living, improvd health of its people, and at the same time provide many new business and job opportunities in an area where unemployment is presently 82%.

Our aim is to demonstrate how these technologies operating on a commercial scale can just as easily be applied to other areas of Alaska and the world to provide the same benefits, savings and results.

This is not an exercise just about climate change. It is about adapting practical solutions to problems created by remoteness, and absence of resources, where the benefits of using biomass, waste, the wind and the ocean can be substantial, practical and provide many needed jobs that could not be created unless these natural resources are harnessed.

The technologies being used in greening Kake and later other parts of Alaska are provided by Global NRG Ltd and are already operating at commercial levels in a number of countries around the world.

Come by and visit us sometime and see the technologies at work.

Kind regards  

MJBartlett

Mike Bartlett
President
Clean Green Kake   
RMills

 Robert Mills
 Vice President
 Clean Green Kake

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