The race for 21st century fuels


Date Thursday November 30th 2006
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

Over the 20th century, petroleum provided most transportation energy, but several trends suggest this will not be the case in the 21st century, including scarcity, security, and the environment. Thus, a race is currently on for new fuels for the 21st century. This talk will discuss the concerns that motivate this race, the competitors, and some thoughts about possible outcomes.


Alex Farrell is an Assistant Professor in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Center. He has a bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a nuclear engineer onboard a fast attack submarine. After that, Alex worked in private industry in Silicon Valley. Alex received his Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and then worked at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon University before taking a position at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses and conducts research on energy systems and energy and environmental policy . Alex has served on advisory committees for the National Academy of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and has consulted for various public and private organizations.

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