Applications for Wood Heater Technology Slam due August 31, 2022

08/16/2022 02:49 PM

There are an estimated 12.5 million homes in the United States that use wood or pellets for space heating, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. For decades, wood heater technology has enabled this country to reduce fossil fuel dependence and it remains a vital way for middle- and low-income households to affordably heat with a low-carbon, renewable fuel. But how can we develop modern wood heater technology that is efficient and produces low emissions? And, how can modern wood heater technology fit into our residential renewable energy future? 

The Wood Heater Design Challenge is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)Brookhaven National LaboratoryLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Alliance for Green Heat. The Challenge was created to engage and expand the wood heater community; foster relationships between academia, industry, and other stakeholders to develop innovative wood heaters that are cleaner and more efficient; and to build strong teams to create and design new wood stove technologies.

The Wood Heater Design Challenge will host a Technology Slam in advance of next year’s Stove Competition. The 2022 Wood Heater Technology Slam is an opportunity for teams to pitch innovative wood stove ideas to retailers, the public, and panels of experts, who will assess which stove is the most innovative and boasts the most market potential. Teams with the most points will be eligible for funding to advance to the competition stage of the 5th Wood Heater Design Challenge.

The Slam will be held virtually via Zoom on Sept. 29, 2022. Full applications are due on August 31. See more information about the Technology SLAM and access the application on the Brookhaven National Laboratory Website.

BETO supports research, development, and demonstration to enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources for the production of biofuels and bioproducts. BETO is part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.