UPE Seminar: Dan Richter (Duke)
SUBTITLE: What wood can teach us about energy
Consumers increasingly want energy that is renewable, clean, and affordable from solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass sources. One of the simplest and oldest of renewables is direct combustion of wood. Wood supplied more energy than fossil fuels in the United States until the 1880s, when coal superseded wood. This transition occurred earlier in Europe, but today, thanks to regrowth of forests and improved technologies, advanced wood combustion (AWC) is being deployed throughout Europe, supplying heat, cooling, and power and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. We argue that the European experience can guide successful implementation of community-based AWC in many regions of the United States.