Invitation to Free Webinar on Low Carbon Renewable Liquid Fuels
Dear PP Tribe:
I am writing to invite you to a series of three free webinars dealing with low carbon, renewable, “drop in” liquid fuels as direct replacements for liquid fossil fuels (gasoline, diesel and aviation kerosene) that are currently derived from petroleum. My colleague and friend, Dr. Charles Forsberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and myself (Michigan State University) are the primary organizers of this webinar series.
Everyone has a important stake in our energy future– a central topic at Peak Prosperity. So I am sending this invitation to everyone at PP who may have some interest in the subject, regardless of their technical background. I think you will find the webinar speakers to be interesting and accessible…I know that I will try hard to be so. 🙂
For many reasons (eg, climate security, energy security, poverty reduction, rural development…), it is essential that we transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Low carbon electricity (eg, wind and solar) can meet many, but not all energy needs. Aircraft, heavy-duty trucking, most agricultural operations, ocean transport and many other critical applications will require high energy density liquid fuels—not electricity—for the foreseeable future.
In short, liquid fuels are not optional. This is just physics…not politics. And scale really matters a lot if we are to maintain a more-or-less modern economy. We need a lot of fuel.
Where can we get low carbon, liquid fuels that will replace liquid fossil fuels (gasoline, diesel, kerosene) at very large scale? One promising option is to combine nuclear power with carbon from biomass (plant material) to produce the entire range of current liquid fuels. We call these “nuclear biofuels” for short. The nuclear biofuels option will be explored in this series of three webinars. (It’s not as scary as it may sound. :))
Here is the registration link for the webinar series:
You can click on the link or copy and paste it in your browser.
Again, the series is free. You can attend one, two or all three webinars completely free of charge. Hope to see some of the PP tribe there.
Bruce E. Dale, PhD, University Distinguished Professor
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Michigan State University
Editor in Chief: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Mobile Phone: 517-896-7264
Office Phone: 517-353-6777