A) Report on life-analysis of burning wood to generate source. For the individual paper, the life cycle
analysis questions should comprise 5 or 6 pages. For that life cycle analysis, you will report on the
following main inputs and outputs in each phase of this energy source’s “life cycle”:
In doing your analysis of wood as a fuel source, address the following questions.
What types and amounts of energy or other inputs are needed to convert trees into fuel?
(This includes land, fuel for forestry equipment, etc.) What waste or by-products are
generated in the production process? What are the environmental implications of those
inputs and byproducts?
to be burned to generate electricity for a city of 50,000 people or a larger population.
How proportion of U.S. electricity needs could be met by using forestland over a 20-year
period without having a net loss of forested land?
sale? Are there environmental consequences from this distribution mode?
sustainably over the long-term, by using firewood? What emissions/byproducts are
produced when wood is used as fuel? Are there negative environmental consequences
from those emissions? Under current technology, how do the CO2 emissions from
wood-generated electricity compare to emissions from natural gas?
to fuel to generate electricity?
B) Write a one (1)-page summary on whether you think you think wood is a credible, sustainable
future source of energy, based on the current science, and explain why. This means you will first
explain what convinces you it is or is not a credible fuel source and indicate the ways in which this
technology is, and is not, sustainable by your definition.