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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.
    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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