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From Chapter Five, "Back to the Ethanol Future":

I asked about a weather-beaten trailer parked near the edge of one of the fields. Inside, Voigt introduced me to Chris Russel and Drew Schlumpf, research specialists with the Biomass Research Program. Both were in their early twenties, kids whod grown up in rural Illinois, earned undergraduate degrees in agricultural management from UI, and now worked at the energy farm, doing a little bit of everything, from planting to harvesting. "Its uncharted territory," said Schlumpf. "Theres no book to follow, no path already blazed."

I [was] struck then that Russel, Schlumpf, and a growing number of young people getting into biofuels on the ground floor, brimming with youthful optimism and excitement grounded in emerging science, represent the best hope for a renewable energy future. "Were not rock stars or anything, and the work we do isnt pretty," Russel said, leaning back in a creaky swivel chair as rain spattered against a window through which we could see Miscanthus bending in the wind. "But I think that what were doing here is worthwhile and valuable.”

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312643751
Author:
Shere, Jeremy
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Energy
Subject:
Energy-General
Subject:
Power Resources - Alternative & Renewable
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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Engineering » Engineering » Power Resources » Alternative and Renewable
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » Energy Efficiency
Science and Mathematics » Energy » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Alternative Energy
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Energy

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Science writer Jeremy Shere travels around the country to see firsthand what's new in alternative energy and discover what the future holds for us

Jeremy Shere began thinking about alternative energy sources the way so many of us do—wondering how and when they would affect his life. In Renewable, Shere's initial consideration of "green" choices for his family has broadened into an inquiry to examine how energy is changing in today's United States. Shere began his journey with a tour of a traditional coal-fueled power plant in his home state of Indiana, but continued on, traveling from coast to coast as he spoke to scientists, scholars and innovators. Immersing himself in the green energy world, he installed solar panels, drove through a wind farm, investigated turbines deep in the East River, and interviewed scientists who create fuel from algae and grass. He also examined the role of renewable energy in history, including surprising and entertaining stories of innovations—like plant-based fuels and giant windmills—and the curious involvement of great thinkers like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Nicola Tesla. Jeremy Shere's natural curiosity and serious research of energy technology in history and of today is leavened by lively writing and a Michael Pollan-esque approach, to create an intriguing vision of the future.

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