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Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels 101

When selecting alternative fuels, it is important to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each. This activity asks students to begin to consider the life cycle energy and carbon dioxide emission costs of gasoline, corn ethanol, and cellulosic ethanol. The various pieces help students trace energy and matter through a complex system and begin to critically analyze graphical comparisons of different fuels.
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Primary or BEN resource type
General Biology Core Concepts
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
General Biology Competencies
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords sustainability, energy, carbon cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, combustion, fermentation
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description This stand-alone activity helps students learn how to trace energy and matter through a complex system.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation GLBRC
Primary Author email
Rights Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date Of Record Submission 2017-01-10

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