Investigating and Using Biomass Gases

Students will be introduced to biomass gasification and will generate their own biomass gases. Students generate these everyday on their own and find it quite amusing, but this time they’ll do it by heating wood pellets or wood splints in a test tube. They will collect the resulting gases and use the gas to roast a marshmallow. Students will also evaluate which biomass fuel is the best according to their own criteria or by examining the volume of gas produced by each type of fuel.

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4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.

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4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.