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This suite of short video clips is part of a series produced by the Switch Energy project. There are several video segments that discuss different perspectives of biofuels as a renewable source of energy.

13 video segments; most are around 2 minutes.

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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 biofuel. It describes why the challenges of this, such as the use of a food crop, water and fertilizers, scale-up, and technical limitations to converting cellulose from plant to biofuel. The video suggests that we should expand beyond non-food crops.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The page 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. The videos assume 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

  • The website links to educational materials by the NEED project.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • No transcript or closed captioning available.
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