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NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory): Learning About Renewable Energy - Biofuels Basics

Description:
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.

Related Topics:
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 system.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
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 choices.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable

Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12Public

Related Sub-Topics

1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.

1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.

1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions involve transfer and transformation of energy.

2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.

2.2 Sunlight, gravitational potential, decay of radioactive isotopes, and rotation of the Earth

2.5 Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by Earth’s sources of energy.

2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately apparent.

3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living processes.

3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

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.

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

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 ways.

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

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.

6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.

6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.

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 of life.

7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.

7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.

8.2 Transportation and logistic considerations shape cost and feasibility within supply chains.

8.4 The conversion processess includes adding specific enzymes to make simple sugars available.

8.5 Fermentation processess use specialized yeasts to create isobutanol.

8.6 Liquid fuel can be produced from wood feedstocks.

8.8 Life cycle analysis take account of ecological factors that are in steps of the supply chain.