Erin R. Pierce, U.S. Department of Energy
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
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- Students could also make biofuel in class; one such lesson from the CLEAN collection is http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/biomass_creatingbiodiesel.pdf
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- 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.
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