Jump to this Video »
Biofuels 101

Switch Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

This video is one of a series produced by the Switch Energy project. It highlights the use of biofuels as a renewable source of energy.

Video length: 2:16 min.

Discuss this Resource»
Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Additional biofuel high school experiments are located at Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center http://www.glbrc.org/education/educationalmaterials
  • Educators may consider discussing the local availability of biofuels and how they could be transported to other regions, once developed into a transportation fuel, just like petroleum oil.

About the Science

  • The video describes use of sugar in Brazil for bio fuel. It describes why this process has challenges (use of a food crop, water and fertilizers, scale-up, and technical limitations to converting cellulose from plant to biofuel). It suggests that we should expand beyond non-food crops.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This activity consists of a series of interviews of different high profile people from prestigious organizations within the biofuels research and broader fuels communities. This resource should be used to discuss the potential role of biofuels in the future energy portfolio. This resource assumes some familiarity with the current use of corn ethanol and biofuels research beyond corn ethanol. It is important to frame these resources before sending students diving into them.

About the Pedagogy

  • Lesson plans are not currently available but projected to be in late 2013.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • No transcript or closed captioning available.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN


Jump to this Video »

Have you used these materials with your students? Do you have insights to share with other educators about their use? Please share with the community by adding a comment below.

Please use this space only for discussion about teaching with these particular materials.
For more general discussion about teaching climate literacy please use our general discussion boards.
To report a problem or direct a comment to the CLEAN project team please use our feedback form (or the feedback link at the bottom of every page).
Off-topic posts will be deleted.

Join the Discussion

Log in to reply