Re: [energyresources] Research: Embodied energy of Bicycles
- Try Rick Heede at Rocky Mt. Institute (heede@...) for leads on
embodied energy. I would guess that you won't find the information as
detailed as you'd like but only generally such as aluminum or steel or
nylon by the pound and possibly welded or stamped or bending fabrication
Ken Boche, Na Makani Energy Initiative
- Look at the book by Wakernagel (sp?) entitled Ecological Footprinting. Look
at the chapter where a grad student figures out the embodied energy of
regulary grown tomatoes versus greenhouse grown tomatoes. This grad student
might have some methodoligical suggestions for you.
Also, Boston University has a graduate program that studies emergy, just
what you're doing. They would have a lot of data and methods already nailed
Good luck. Let me know how much fossil fuel energy riding my bike uses
compared to driving my car when you find out.
>Subject: [energyresources] Research: Embodied energy of Bicycles
>Date: 14 Feb 2000 23:11:03 -0000
>I am a grad sudent in landscape architecture and planning and I am
>interested in determining the ammount of energy embodied in the production
>of an average quality commuter bicycle (single person, upright saftey
>style). Ideally broken down by component part.
>Any leads at all would be appreciated, thanks.
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- Stevenson Munro wrote:
> Look at the book by Wakernagel (sp?) entitled Ecological Footprinting.The book Stevenson referred to is:
Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees
OUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT:
Reducing Human Impact on the Earth
New Society Pub; ISBN: 086571312X ;
176 pages (Trade Paper, November 1995)
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