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- Websites with educational materials about biofuels and advanced biofuels
- Websites with Academic/Technical/Scientific Papers and Presentations
- Dynamic Maps, GIS Data and Analysis Tools
- Conference Lists
- Competition Information
- Biofuels for Europe In order to have a science-based, understandable source for information on biofuels, a selection of biofuel experts from the academic world have summarized the latest science on key biofuels issues such as the impact on food and land, GHG emissions, energy security and cost-efficiency and have presented it on this website, “Biofuels for Europe”.
- The Sun Grant BioWeb is a non-commercial, educational website that provides current information about using biomass resources for bioenergy and bioproducts. This site is designed to help you understand:
- What biomass is, where it is, and how much is available
- The ways it can be converted to biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts
- The current state of biomass technology, research, production & use
- Biomass economics and policy
- Biodiesel Lessons and LabsEach lesson includes:
- National Science Standards
- Objectives and Essential Questions
- Background information
- Student procedures
- Student data sheets
- Hints for the instructor
- National Science Foundation. Green Gasoline: A Renewable Petroleum Alternative From Plants: Includes fact sheets, videos, highlights from NSF panel discussions.
- Algae Industry Magazine 20-part primer in understanding the basics and current state of algae biofuels
- National Energy Education Development Project includes Curriculum Resources by subject matter. Although some information about renewable fuels in included, the emphasis is on fossil fuels.
- Ethanol-Blended Fuels: This curriculum on ethanol and its use as a fuel was developed by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition in cooperation with the Nebraska Ethanol Board. This material was developed in response to the need for instructional materials on ethanol and its effects on vehicle performance, the environment, and the economy.
As a renewable alternative energy source made from grain and other biomass resources, ethanol study serves as an excellent learning opportunity for students to use in issue clarification and problem-solving activities. Ethanol illustrates that science and technology can provide us with new products and new uses for products. This curriculum provides teachers and students with the basics needed to understand the use and production of ethanol. After sorting out the facts, students can reach their own conclusions about using ethanol as a fuel in their vehicles–and if it is in the interests of the state and nation to do so.
The curriculum begins with “Module 1: Introduction to Ethanol.” This module contains basic challenges, history, and reasons for alternative fuels, especially ethanol. This curriculum may be taught as a unit or topics may be integrated into other units of instruction. It is suggested that Module 1 be used to lay the groundwork for any number of the remaining modules.
Goals and Objectives This curriculum was written to assist those teaching in grades nine and up. It is applicable for use in science, social studies, mathematics, statistics, vocational agriculture, driver education, tech prep, industrial education, automotive technology, and language arts courses. After completion of this curriculum, students will be able to:
a. Identify the process of converting grain to ethanol
b. Identify the variety of biomass/cellulose sources from which ethanol can be produced
c. Identify the energy relationships between science, society, and agriculture
d. Determine benefits and concerns of using ethanol in motor fuel
e. Develop skills in problem solving and personal decision making
- Renewable Fuels Association's Students and Teachers Pages
- Bioenergy Science Center’s Students and Kids page
- Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
- Ohio 4H
- Energy Information Administration's Biofuels Basics
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory Biomass Energy Basics
- Forestry Biomass for Cellulosic Fuels
- The ABCs of Biofuels includes a glossary
- Summary of biofuels history at National Geographic
- Learn about Biodiesel and Clean Diesel Developments
- Biodiesel Basics including a section about warranties
- Biodiesel Basics, very basic with links to other resources
- Biodiesel Production in English or German
- Parents’ and Teachers’ Pages on Renewable Energy and Conservation
- Links to More than 350 Lesson Plans and Activities on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Grades K-12. Links to Lesson Plans for Grades K-12
- Science Fair Projects
- Ohio Soybean Council/GrowNextGen.org
- Open-Source Biofuels Educational Material. 16-week course dates to 2006.
- Michelin GreenX Challenge booklet
- National Biomass Producers Association Biomass FAQs
- Aviation Transport Action Group includes Beginners' Guide to Aviation Biofuels
- Piedmont Biofuels, includes Curriculum with focus on biodiesel
- State Bioenergy Primer from National Renewable Energy Lab and US EPA
- The Ethanol Minute is a national radio show broadcasting interviews with experts from all walks of life including elected officials, celebrities, energy and environmental experts, and businessmen and women.
- Energy 101, a series of YouTube videos created by the US Department of Energy to introduce and inform citizens about what is being done to develop alternative sources for our energy needs. See the biofuels video and the algae-to-biofuels video.
- Agricultural Energy teaching materials for instructors. Focused on harvesting energy from farms while considering cost and efficiency. Suited for High School and Higher Education...and completely FREE to download and use for use in your classroom or anywhere else. All files are in PowerPoint (.pptx) format. The curriculum designer on this project was Tim Benedict who is from a rural farming community in Illinois. Tim holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He would be pleased to receive feedback about the curriculum for future revisions at email@example.com
- Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems / University of Tennessee Learning Materials page includes:
Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Amino Acids and Proteins Biomass Composition and Conversion Buffers and pH Chemical Compositional Analysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass Pathogen Identification Using PCR Pretreatment and Saccharification of Lignocellulosic Biomass Agrobacterium - From Plant Pathogen to Biotechnology Enzymes for Biofuels Production Intro to GMO Pathogens of Switchgrass
Stanley E. Manahan This website contains information and PowerPoint presentations for two university-level courses: (1) A course in environmental/toxicological chemistry and (2) a course in fundamentals of green chemistry including sustainable science and technology. Additional materials pertaining to environmental chemistry, sustainability science and technology, and related areas are available on the following websites:https://sites.google.com/site/manahans1/ https://sites.google.com/site/environmentalchemistry1/ https://sites.google.com/site/manahanse/ READ MORE You and Your Science Fair Project: For Teachers, Students, and Parents A science fair project is best described as a basic demonstration of how the world of science works through research, observation, and experimentation. The main objective of the projects is to analyze a scientific occurrence with an investigation or to solve a problem with an invention. Science fair projects generally are assigned to children of all ages by their school teachers, giving them a great opportunity to learn about science outside of books and homework. Provided below is a guide to easily make a winning science fair project for any level science class. READ MORE Government Resources page.
- Scripps Photobiology Group
- Biomass 2010
- Biomass 2009
- Biomass 2008
- Microalgal Biofuels: A Brief Introduction by John R. Benemann
- CNA Analysis and Solutions
- The Energetics of Ethanol (Institute for Local Self-Reliance, New Rules Project)
- New Fuels Alliance Selected Studies, Reports and Other Information