Difficulties plague biomass-burning generators

May 06, 2013 -- 10:00am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Experimental biomass-burning generators aren't working out as lucratively and efficiently as a Fairbanks area businessman had hoped when he launched the idea to turn waste paper into electricity more than two years ago. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Bernie Karl's project is costing more and generating less revenue than he figured it would. His biomass-burning system at K&K Recycling is indeed making electricity out of garbage, but Karl says nothing about the endeavor has been easy. However, he plans to push ahead with the nearly $6 million project, even though his dreams of using the generators as a cheap power source for rural Alaska villages have been abandoned. Karl is hoping to see enough revenue streams come together to make it all work by the end of the year.

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