Events: Energy & Environment Seminar Series at Brown University

Energy & Environment Seminar Series, sponsored by ECI

Fire and water: energy efficient technologies for poor communities in the developing world

Date: October 11
Time: 7 pm
Location: MacMillan Hall Room 115, Brown University

Speaker: Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist and Group Leader in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory, Adjunct Professor in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

Ashok Gadgil pursues technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation – particularly in developing countries. He has several patents and inventions to his credit, among them the “UV Waterworks,” a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water in the developing countries, for which he received the Discover Award in 1996 for the most significant environmental invention of the year, as well as the Popular Science award for “Best of What is
New – 1996″.

Do Biofuels Make Sense? Their Impacts on Food, Energy and the Environment

Date: October 30
Time: 7 pm
Location: MacMillan Hall Room 115, Brown University

Speaker: David Tilman, Regents’ Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota

The impact on the environment of biofuel production and use can vary dramatically depending on the crops used and how they are grown. Tilman’s research suggests that some high diversity grasslands could actually be net carbon sinks while producing biofuels for human use. He will evaluate the extended impact of biofuels derived from a variety of sources.

The Emergence of a Bioeconomy

Date: November 29
Time: 7 pm
Location: MacMillan Hall, Room 115, Brown University

Speaker: Robert Brown, Director, Center for Sustainable Environmental
Technologies (CSET), Iowa State University

The bioeconomy will provide society with renewable sources of carbon and energy, in the process reducing our dependence upon imported petroleum and other fossil fuels. Despite the current enthusiasm for ethanol, other biofuels may also play a prominent role as advanced biorefineries are developed. Regardless of the approach to advanced biofuels, these biorefineries face four major barriers to successful commercialization: biomass supply; conversion efficiency; fossil fuel inputs; and
determination of the optimal size for an economically viable biorefinery. This talk will review the technology options and the issues surrounding their commercial introduction.

Thanks Miriam F.