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Renewable Energy Plants in Your Gas Tank: From Photosynthesis to Ethanol

With ethanol becoming more prevalent in the media and in gas tanks, it is important for students to know where it comes from. This module uses a series of four activities to show how energy and mass are converted from one form to another. It focuses on the conversion of light energy into chemical energy via photosynthesis, then goes on to show how the chemical energy in plant sugars can be fermented to produce ethanol. Finally, the reasons for using ethanol as a fuel are discussed.

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Date Of Record Release 2011-04-12 15:27:27
Description With ethanol becoming more prevalent in the media and in gas tanks, it is important for students to know where it comes from. This module uses a series of four activities to show how energy and mass are converted from one form to another. It focuses on the conversion of light energy into chemical energy via photosynthesis, then goes on to show how the chemical energy in plant sugars can be fermented to produce ethanol. Finally, the reasons for using ethanol as a fuel are discussed.
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Source United States Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Keyword Lesson plans
Selector Chiras
Date Of Record Creation 2008-07-09 15:28:07
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Date Last Modified 2011-04-12 15:27:27
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-04-12 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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