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.
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Lesson plans are not currently available but projected to be in late 2013.
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.
Additional biofuel high school experiments are located at Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center [link 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.