Welcome to the first module of MEC 3040: Bioenergy!
Quick user's guide: Each module is divided into discrete topics (1-9 below) and each is linked to a short PowerPoint slide set.
This left-hand column also provides links to other resources, not mandatory but certainly helpful.
The page's right-hand column presents mandatory assignments. Due dates will be posted on Canvas.
Module 1: Introduction to bioenergy [Slide sets for each topic are linked below.]
1.1: What is bioenergy?
1.2: Current & projected energy use
1.3: Forms of bioenergy
1.4: Bioenergy feedstock materials
1.5: Bioenergy co- & by-products
1.6: Drivers of bioenergy use & development
1.7: Bioenergy debate
1.8: Is bioenergy sustainable?
1.9: Bioenergy vs. food debate
Module 1 curricular materials:
> Complete module 1 lecture (topics 1.1 - 1.9) as PDF
> Module 1 topics list and overview
> Lab readings and links:
> Forest Health Monitoring Update for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP: 2006 - 2018
> A National Park like no other. Managing the legacy forests at a birthplace of conservation (Margolis,
Northern Woodlands, Autumn 2009)
> Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Green Inside/Out Program (MBR National Park)
> Driving directions to the Prospect parking lot of Marsh-Billings
Links and other items of interest:
> UCLA study encourages the US to maximize benefits of waste-derived fuels (Biofuels International, 2 Aug 2019)
> Opponents to biomass plant ask Dartmouth to consider other options (Allee, NHPR, 1 Aug 2019)
> Biomass can heat, cool, power, and transport EU-28 for 43 days (Sherrard, Bioenergy International, 20 Aug 2018)
> Vermont's 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan
> VIDEO: Renewable energies: the return of biomass (Mathais Fyferling, 2015)
> 'Outlook for Bioenergy 2015', Renewable Energy World
> Brazil and China scramble for agricultural influence in Africa (Tran, The Guardian, 27 Aug 2013)
> Vermont's Biomass Energy Working Group, 2012 report
> Bioenergy and REDD+: opportunities and challenges (UN WCMC, 2011)
> Vermont's 2011 Comprehensive Energy Plan
> Biomass Busted (Bromage, SevenDays, 22 Dec 2010)
> The other inconvenient truth: the crisis in global land use (Foley, Yale Environment 360, 5 Oct 2009)
> Bioenergy (International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA))
> U.S. Energy Information Administration (US EIA)
> World Bioenergy Association
Available in Hartness Library:
Thorow, R. & Kilman, S. (2009) Enough: why the world’s poorest starve in an age of plenty, Public Affairs, NY, NY
Rosillo-Calle, F, Johnson, F.X., eds (2010) Food versus fuel: an informed introduction to biofuels. Zod Books, London & New York