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Energy 101: Algae-to-fuels
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-101-algae-fuel

Erin R. Pierce, U.S. Department of Energy

This video is from the Energy 101 video series. It explains the process for converting micro-algae into fuel and makes the case that algae-based biofuels hold enormous potential for helping reduce our dependence on imported oil.

Video length is 2:33 min.

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A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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About the Science

  • The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that 17 percent of the United States’ imported oil for transportation could be replaced with homegrown, algae-based biofuels.
  • This video gives a very basic review of the process of converting algae into biofuel and algae's potential for helping reduce our dependence on imported oil.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Video contains basic information without depth and could be used for younger K grades.

About the Pedagogy

  • Links to related articles on biofuels are supplied on the sidebar.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video viewable online only in small and medium screen sizes.
  • 508 compliant; captions are provided during video for students to follow the transcript.

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