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    Energy Sources

    This short video surveys the different current and potential sources of energy - both non-renewable and renewable. It provides some discussion of the pros and cons of the different sources and ...

    Selecting Sites for Renewable Energy Projects

    In this activity, students use Google Earth to investigate a variety of renewable energy sources and select sites within the United States that would be appropriate for projects based on those ...

    Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels 101

    In this activity, students conduct a life cycle assessment of energy used and produced in ethanol production, and a life cycle assessment of carbon dioxide used and produced in ethanol production.

    Biofuels/Biomass Cellulose Lab

    In this lab activity, students investigate how to prepare a biofuel source for conversion to a combustible product. The activity models how raw materials are refined to process liquid fuels.

    Great Energy Debate

    This is a debate-style learning activity in which student teams learn about energy sources and are then assigned to represent the different energy sources. Working cooperatively, students develop ...

    Renewables Roundup - Earth: The Operators' Manual

    This video segment explores whether, in principle, renewable energy resources could meet today's global energy needs of about 15.7 terawatts.

    From Pond Scum to Power

    This animated slideshow introduces biodiesel as a fuel alternative. With concern about the use of petroleum-based fuels at an all-time high, biodiesel is experiencing a popularity surge. And ...

    Geothermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Earth

    This video describes how geothermal heat resources in California have been tapped to supply 850 MW of electricity. Images and animations show how the area known as The Geysers has been developed to ...

    China: In With the New

    In this video clip from Earth: The Operators' Manual, host Richard Alley discusses China's efforts to develop clean energy technologies and to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, by building coal ...

    Iowa: Corn and Climate

    This video reviews the benefits and drawbacks associated with growing corn to make ethanol.

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