Split Wood, Not Atoms?


Yes.  How fast?

Connecticut has lots of trees that could be burned. But how fast does the forest renew itself?

You can continuously get about 1/2 cord per acre per year of hardwood from Connecticut's forests. Note: 1/2 cord represents a certain amount of energy: 15.5 billion joules. 1 year is a certain amount of time: 31.6 million seconds and 1 acre is a certain area: 43,560 sq. feet = 4047 sq. meters. The acre produces about 500 watts (not electric!); the average power density is about 0.12 watts per square meter.

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