2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge

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2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge
Updated February 26th, 2017
Fourth Wood Stove Competition to focus on automation and electricity generation

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The Alliance for Green Heat is planning the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge on the National Mall in Washington, DC from November 9 - 14, 2018. Stove designers interesting in competing can register here.

The 2018 event will be free and open to the public and includes rigorous testing of the next generation of technology that can make wood stoves consistently cleaner, more efficient, easier to use and, like solar energy, a renewable source of electricity.

The fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge is modeled after the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solar Decathlon, a competition between teams from universities worldwide to design more efficient and cheaper residential solar power. Like the Solar Decathlon, the Wood Stove Challenge also attracts teams from around the world and focuses energy and resources on innovation and improved performance. The stove competitions have been in partnership with the DOE Brookhaven National Lab, the New York State Energy Research and Development Administration (NYSERDA), the US Forest Service and, the Osprey Foundation, among others.

Participants will compete in two events: One is to automate the wood stove with 21st century technology like sensors and WIFI-enabled controls that improve combustion efficiency, reduce air pollution and improve ease of use. The second competition will focus on thermoelectric wood stoves that generate electricity to power lights, cell phones, and WIFI-enabled controls. Thermoelectric generators are similar to solar PV systems except they turn heat instead of light into electricity. When integrated with a residential solar PV system, a thermoelectric wood stove and battery power system, like the TESLA Powerwall, could effectively double the wintertime output of solar PV system in areas like northern United States, Canada and northern Europe.

Wood stoves are still used by 30 – 60% of homes in hundreds of rural and suburban counties around the country. Yet, the technology revolution that has swept household appliances in the last 20 years has by-passed wood stove technology.

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Teams in the 2018 stove challenge will be competing for up to $50,000 in prizes. The teams and exhibitors will also have a chance to showcase new technology on the National Mall just blocks away from the Department of Energy, the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

"This is a chance for students, back yard inventors, and wood stove manufacturers to re-invent this age-old technology for today’s environmentally conscious and time-conscious consumer," said John Ackerly, founder of the Wood Stove Competition and President of the Alliance for Green Heat. "An affordable, smart wood stove is achievable and could help millions of families reduce their reliance on gas and oil while significantly reducing pollution," Ackerly added.

"This is the first Wood Stove Challenge to promote wood stoves that generate electricity to power everything from a cell phone to an entire home. Thermoelectric wood stoves, when integrated with solar PV systems and home batteries like the TESLA Powerwall, have the potential to make solar energy more affordable, reduce air pollution, and pave the way for a more sustainable energy future, "according to Ken Adler, Senior Technology Advisor at the Alliance for Green Heat and formerly with the U.S. EPA.

Previous Stove Design Challenges brought innovative stoves and a diverse array of stove and energy experts together on the National Mall in 2013, Brookhaven National Lab in 2014 and 2016.

Further details about participating and competing in this competition will be available late March, 2017. For more information about the 2018 competition, contact John Ackerly at 2018 Announcement
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Joyboy

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Jan 22, 2017
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Wyoming
I have to say I would love to go to this. Would be fun to see the experiments and be around other wood burning addicts.
 

John Ackerly

Burning Hunk
Thanks for posting this! We are now exactly one year out from the event, and in a few weeks we will be announcing the first round of finalists chosen to compete on the National Mall and get one of the $10,000 grants. One cool thing this year is that the Dept. of Energy is a full partner and they are deploying their large communications team to do press releases and media outreach. So they will be announcing the finalists in a few weeks.

There is still time to apply and be part of second round of finalists. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2017 to get one of the last spots. Like in 2013, we will have a good mix of universities, large mainstream stove manufacturers, small manufacturers, independent inventors, etc.

We hope to add some more reasons for folks to come and attend soon. One thing we are exploring is possibly deploying winning stoves in homes of volunteers and hook them up to monitors so you can track performance in real world setting. If anyone has any good ideas for other ways to make the event more exciting and engaging, we'd love to hear them.
 
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byQ

Minister of Fire
May 12, 2013
529
Idaho
Burning wood to create electricity? This would be great for off-grid houses, or during a power outage. I hope this is possible.
 

kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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I think I can secretly con the woman into a long weekend down there
 

Hogwildz

Minister of Fire
The last one was pretty cool. Met a few of the Hearth members. And saw the Madison before it was released for sale.
 

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mellow

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Jan 19, 2008
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Salisbury, MD
Woodstock wasn't at the last one in DC, neither was BK. It really is whoever enters a wood burning device with forward thinking will be there. Last time there was a bunch of small time builders with big dreams. Now from what I recall woodstock did team up / buy out? one of the stove contestants.
 

John Ackerly

Burning Hunk
Will there be another hearth.com round table?

We'd LOVE to have another hearth.com roundtable. Can you propose it to the powers that be? Maybe Craig will even come. He loved these things.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Woodstock wasn't at the last one in DC, neither was BK. It really is whoever enters a wood burning device with forward thinking will be there. Last time there was a bunch of small time builders with big dreams. Now from what I recall woodstock did team up / buy out? one of the stove contestants.
Woodstock was at the last one showing the Ideal Steel. They had the full display complete with moose horns and all. Here's a shot of it behind Matt. No BK however. We had a hearth.com review at the end of the last one. Craig, BB, Mike Holton, and I chatted for a bit and answered questions.
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http://www.forgreenheat.org/stovedesign/finalists.html#t13
 
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