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Brookhaven National Laboratory—in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Alliance for Green Heat, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—is hosting the Fifth Wood Heater Design Challenge to accelerate the design and deployment of clean and efficient wood and pellet heaters in the United States.

With an estimated 12.5 million homes in the United States using wood or pellets for space heating, this challenge stands to create a significant impact on the environmental footprint of domestic heating.

The Design Challenge will consist of a Technology Slam in fall of 2022, followed by the Stove Competition in winter of 2023. The Wood Stove Design Challenge started in 2013 with a competition on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The challenge exists to engage and expand the wood heater community, foster relationships between academia, industry and other stakeholders while developing the most innovative wood heaters that are cleaner and more efficient.

Visit Brookhaven National Laboratory’s website for more information on the Wood Heater Design Challenge. 

Wood Heater Technology Slam

The Wood Heater Technology Slam provides an opportunity for teams to pitch innovative wood stove ideas to retailers, the public, and panels of expert judges. The Technology Slam will be held virtually on September 29, 2022. During the Wood Heater Technology Slam, teams will have eight minutes to virtually pitch their wood heater technology to a panel of expert judges and an audience of wood heater stakeholders.

Full form applications are due on August 31, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. ET and teams will be notified by September 15, 2022 if they are invited to participate in the Technology Slam competition.

Apply and learn more about the Wood Heater Technology Slam.

Workshops on R&D Advances for Wood Heater Technology

Three workshops were held in advance of the 2022 Design Challenge: