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Biofuels Video
http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_biofuels.html

Fireside Productions, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

This video provides an overview of the research of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on converting biomass to liquid fuels.

Video length: 5:19 min.

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Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Human demand for energy is increasing.
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6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
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Human use of energy.

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Different ways of obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy have different environmental consequences.
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Industrialization brings an increased demand for and use of energy. Such usage contributes to having many more goods and services in the industrially developing nations but also leads to more rapid depletion of the earth's energy resources and to environmental risks associated with some energy resources.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • References on biomass/biofuel research are given at the bottom of the webpage.

About the Science

  • NREL scientists introduce and review the problems of biomass energy and how they are working to solve those problems.
  • A video about the principles of converting biomass to liquid transportation fuels.
  • The video is somewhat dated, making references to President Bush's 2006 State of the Union Address. Government policy with regards to biofuels is now different from what it was when this video was made.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video presents NREL scientists's effort to made ethanol from cellulose and hemicellulose. These are the fibrous material that are abundant in nature and make up the bulk of most plant matter.
  • The goal is generating Bio-fuels to address the energy crisis.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is embedded in NREL's Learning about Renewable Energy - Biofuels page. It is one page in their Learning sequence.
  • There is mention of how current research is working on ending the "fuel vs. feed" debate, which raises the question of whether food crop biomass should go toward feeding people or making biofuels.

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  • Text version of video is provided.
  • The video cannot be displayed at full screen.

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