Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future
"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.
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:
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.
1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.
2.2 Sunlight, gravitational potential, decay of radioactive isotopes, and rotation of the Earth
3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living processes.
3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and matter.
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.
8.1 Sources of cellulosic residuals used are found in forest operations and in industry process
8.8 Life cycle analysis take account of ecological factors that are in steps of the supply chain.