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1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth...
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and...
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy...
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable
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1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.
1.2 The energy of a system or object that results in its temperature is called...
1.3 Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
1.4 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.
1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions involve transfer and transformation of...
1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.
1.8 Power is a measure of energy transfer rate.
2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.
2.2 Sunlight, gravitational potential, decay of radioactive isotopes, and...
2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.
2.4 Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth...
2.5 Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by Earth’s sources of...
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately...
3.1 The Sun is the major source of energy for organisms and the ecosystems of...
3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living...
3.3 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
3.4 Energy flows through food webs in one direction, from producers to...
3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and...
3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through...
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful...
4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from...
4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.
4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.
4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different...
4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed,...
5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.
5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.
5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.
5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.
5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
6.1 Conservation of energy has two very different meanings.
6.2 One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.
6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.
6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by...
6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.
6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.
7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.
7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality...
7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than...
8.1 Sources of cellulosic residuals used are found in forest operations and in...
8.2 Transportation and logistic considerations shape cost and feasibility within...
8.3 Pretreatment processess makes sugars more available.
8.4 The conversion processess includes adding specific enzymes to make simple...
8.5 Fermentation processess use specialized yeasts to create isobutanol.
8.6 Liquid fuel can be produced from wood feedstocks.
8.7 Co-products in biofuel production use lignin in many ways.
8.8 Life cycle analysis take account of ecological factors that are in steps...
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Department of Energy publication detailing the amount of energy used and produced in 2013 across all sectors.
Associated Grade Levels: 7-89-1011-12Public
Five points of interest when discussing biorefineries.
A TED-Ed video lesson about the different sources of energy and how using these different resources can impact our daily lives.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12Public
Teachers will find a progression of four lesson plans in this curriculum. These lessons focus on advanced biofuel projects from across the U.S. that are striving to meet goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability, while producing alternative fuels and co-products. These lessons are delivered with evidence based narrative material that will engage students in the stories surrounding these progressive biofuels projects.
There are two curricular threads that progress through the lessons. The first thread is the science content to build students’ knowledge of advanced biofuels. The second thread has students progress from deconstructing narrative material to constructing their own narrative in the final lesson.
Educational resources provided by Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Northwest
News and Information about Biofuel and Biomass Fuel Technology from AENews
In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, $5 trillion cheaper, with no Act of Congress, led by business for profit. The key is integrating all four energy-using sectors—and four kinds of innovation.
A deatiled review of second generation biofules including market technologies, supply chain, challenges to introductions, and production costs
Associated Grade Levels: 11-12
Apple partners with First Solar to provide solar power to its corporate offices and California stores. Apple invested $848 million in this 25 year long power purchase agreement.
A governmental challenge to build better, more energy efficient buildings. This is the link to the main site within the U.S. Department of Energy which has a comprehensive overview of the challenges goals and outcomes.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12Public
A PBS website that offers an in-depth essential addition to America's energy debate. The videos are produced by Detroit Public Television and Scientific American.
An infographic showing the regions where each study is taking place, as well as the universities that are leading the scientific studies and the the links to their specific information.
"Bioenergy: America's Energy Future is a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. This outreach product supports media initiatives to expand the public’s understanding of the bioenergy industry and sustainable transportation and was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Green Focus Films, and BCS, Incorporated.
Biofuels scavenger hunt, photosynthesis and vegetable oils as sources of biofuels, make your own biofuel with Dr. Pepper
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12
This review is intended to give a brief overview about certain aspects of the complex biofuel issue, providing the latest update of the production and potential of biofuels in the transport sector including types of biofuel, feedstocks and technologies and some of the possible socio-economic, environmental and political implications of the widespread use of biofuels in our society.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12
A Department of Energy project which would allow for a mobile feedstock processing plant. This pdf outlines the workings of the equipment along with the capabilities for production.
How much energy different species of trees put out in BTU's
Associated Grade Levels: 7-89-1011-12
By formulating a new, stronger form of concrete it has allowed the possibility of taller wind turbines to become a possibility.
Detailing the establishment and emergence of a variety of biofuel technologies which use biomass to provide commercial sources of energy whilst offering significant potential benefits, in terms of savings in fossil fuel resource depletion and geenhouse gas emissions
Link to a group of universities working on ways to improve transportation by way of efficiency and new technologies.
University of Wisconsin Madison Massive Open Online Course designed to highlight the impact of a changing climate while detailing how these effects are taking place and why.
This section shows available biomass for the biofuels industry. This scale takes into account regional features that people tend to use to determine the appeal of a place, such as climate, water, and topographic variation. P.13-24
BBC article summarizing the acknowledgment of G20 countries need to support developing countries get clean energy and adapt to climate change
Website with information, lessons and videos covering climate literacy and energy awareness.
A visual breakdown of how each US state produces power. The government has proposed new standards to lower emissions from coal-fueled power plants. But overall, the country is relying less on coal for power. In 40 states, use of coal as a power source (as a share of all power sources) has dropped since 2004. Many of these states are increasingly relying on natural gas instead.
Associated Grade Levels: 3-45-67-89-1011-12Public
Overview of the progress and goals for different teams within the NARA framework.
Associated Grade Levels: 11-12Public
BP short film that explores wheat production in the UK and its potential impact on food and fuel.
Use this resource to find any energy incentives in your area or across your state.
The Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program was directed by the Washington State Legislature [3ESHB-2127, section 603 (8)] to conduct a study of densified biomass as a renewable fuel for heating homes, businesses and other facilities in our state. This report to Governor Chris Gregoire and the Legislature presents a summary of the WSU Energy Program’s densified biomass study findings.
A powerpoint presentation from DuPont delivered at the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass conference in 2014 dealing with growing the future bioeconomy. The slides review the process of harvesting corn stover in Nevada, Iowa and its expansion into a realistic biomass.
PBS video covering different types of energy and the need for alternative energy sources.
Wisconsin based show, Into the Outdoors, has students asks people at a gas station where their energy comes from. This short video shows the low level of understanding that most people have concerning how their energy is produced.
Energy efficiency resources, including guides on heating and cooling, efficient lighting, window insulation, water conservation, solar energy, and more
Large companies and individual innovators can lead sustainability efforts. Biofuels are one component of a suite of energy-based innovations that will be essential in dealing with peak fossil fuel availability and subsequent sustainability.
A powerpoint covering the Imagine Tomorrow energy competition and energy literacy with its relation to STEM and NARA.
This is an energy puzzle that helps students to understand the difference between renewable and non renewable resources.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-6
PBS compilation of energy resources including relevant videos, lesson plans, and grouped by grade level as well as educational standards.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-67-89-1011-12Public
Nearly 47,000 jobs were announced across the U.S. This report details the states and specific jobs that were gained in the year 2014.
A set of lesson plans, videos and activites from federal agencies about energy literacy.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-67-89-1011-12
Breakdown of costs involved with the implementation of clean energy on a per building scale.
A video comparing the energy between a rat, digested by a python, and a cupcake using scientific tools for analysis.
A comprehensive guide to energy literacy with lessons, assessments and student readings covering topics including the basics of energy through home energy usage and sustainable flight using biofuel from the Pacific Northwest, among others.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-8Public
A biofuel company is able to produce larger levels of fuel than previously thought also with new ways for the company to continue prosper.
This interactive map shows the present and potential future of electricity in the world.
Global Change is a research program that works to understand the impacts of climate change.
A U.K. based company has raised funds to convert a Minnesota ethanol plant to be able to produce n-butanol and acetone. This will impact the amount of bioenergy that can be produced in the Midwest.
An environmental news and opinion nonprofit organization which compiles irreverant thought provoking articles dealing with the issues of Climate, Culture and Energy.
A TED-Ed video lesson about how many lightbulbs each person uses in the United Kingdom. A physicist walks us through the amount of energy used and needed all converted to the amount of light bulbs on all the time.
An interactive Energy.gov site which compares the national average for energy usage to each states average usage. It uses different forms of energy that users are familiar with to provide a more authentic narrative.
A short 8 question quiz that covers energy production and usage in the United States as well as some basic energy concepts.
Idaho's Power Uses 2010
Frequently asked questions dealing with geothermal heat pumps. Topics range from Cost, Environmental benefits, to Installation.
Describes the testing done on the new design for even larger turbines made out of a concrete base which reach up higher into more reliable air flow.
Comprehensive report on climate change covering topics such as; observed changes, future changes and risks, mitigation techniques, and sustainable development, along with many others.
Knowledge of How Biomass Is Used Bar Graph
A students guide to Global Climate Change. This EPA site helps kids explore and understand what is going on with climate change, what the impacts are, how to think like a scientist and how to be a part of the solution.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-10Public
Video introducing the inventor of LED technology and explaining the beginning of LED implementation because of its high efficiency values compared to tungsten bulbs.
Video explaining the process of LED technology and its benefits towards removing the amount of energy that needs to be produced.
Video explaining how LEDs have impacted society and the future of lighting technology in relation to more efficient methods such as lasers.
Website about how to implement and change public policies for the betterment of society by way of sustainability collaboration.
News and Information about Biofuels from National Geographic
News and Information about Biofuels from the New York Times
A U.S. Department of Energy laboratory video covering the process of using non-food based feed stock to produce viable liquid biofuels in addition to a synopsis of the biofuels basics.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory surveyed 74 companies that reported they have commercial-scale biofuel production. This overview provides a link to the published survey results detailing the different types of biofuel and the capacity available.
Repurposing old tires to help produce more energy efficient batteries.
This lesson asks students to build model that let them see the photosynthetic reaction in a tangible symbolic way. It teaches students about the conversion of energy to matter and back to energy again via respiration. Students create glucose, starch and cellulose molecules.
This review focuses on cost effective technologies and the processes to convert biomass into useful liquid biofuels and bioproducts, with particular focus on some biorefinery concepts based on different feedstocks aiming at the integral utilization of these feedstocks for the production of value added chemicals
Infographic describing the process of using corn stover to produce ethanol, along with a description of how the project was funded and why.
A compilation of short quizzes with answers and resources for more material. Quizzes include but not limited to Soil moisture, The ocean, Frozen poles, Precipitation and the water cycle, and How's your energy level?
This lesson is a way for students to understand the cost and the benefits to switching their energy sources at their school to renewable energy. The students will be using special software for this lesson.
This lesson plan provides an engaging way for students to learn about the public’s perception of renewable energy. Through surveying adults in their school and neighborhoods, students will increase their energy literacy and raise public awareness about renewable energy for the generation of electricity in their own community.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-8
Grist founder Chip Giller talks about the new ways that we should be approaching climate change and some of the positives that real people are having on the ground. He details some marketing schemes that are having negative effects and those that are positive. His four major talking points revolve around; people taking energy into their own hands, our changing food system, companies are thinking differently and a new American dream.
A video exploring and explaining the possibility of using nanoparticles in a paint base to produce electricity at a very low cost through covering roofs.
Follows process of biofuel production from NARA research along with the calculation for how much biofuel can be created from a given amount of hog fuel.
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which covers the importance of climate literacy and understanding what role the climate plays in our everyday life.
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which details energy literacy and how to best teach its concepts, this includes an energy quiz.
NASA has compiled data depicting the amount of fluorescence that plants give off, which leads to understanding plant health and the amount of photosynthesis that they are doing.
PowerPoint presentation about reducing cost and increasing feasibility for solar energy.
A National Renewable Energy Laboratory report which details the decisions a large company has to consider before implementing a large volume of PV cells.
A few years ago, Daniel Nocera pioneered an "artificial leaf" that—just like the real thing—uses only the sun and water to produce energy. Although Toyota and others companies are making cars built to run on hydrogen, emitting only water vapor, filling up is a problem: Most gas stations are set up to serve liquid fuel.
Outlines the goals and dimensions of sustainability through the eyes of the DoE by way of combining advanced analysis with applied research to understand and address the potential environmental impacts of bioenergy production.
Article describing the process that Gevo make alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel along with some of the other testing that has been done with this alternative fuel source.
An organization bringing high efficiency LED lamps with photovoltaic cells to developing nations.
A 4 minute video that describes why the climate is changing and the impact that the ocean has on absorption of heat.
Grist article describing the pros and cons of bike frames dealing with the amount of CO2 it takes to produce the material and the ability for the material to be recycled.
Decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the governmental buildings includes using geothermal heat pumps. This method of using naturally occurring heating and cooling will help the U.S. government to reach it sustainability goals.