Biomass Energy

Growing Kilowatts on the Ground

Biomass, or biodegradable waste, can be burned to release its energy. But it can also be converted into other forms of energy, such as methane gas or transportation fuels.

Investigate the three major biomass energy technologies: biofuels, biopower and biochar. Create your own biofuel and investigate which plants are best used to create biofuel. Learn more about algae farms for producing biofuels. Investigate the efficiency of photosynthesis and genetic engineering of plants to increase it. Explore the utility of using trash to create energy.

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Biomass Energy Curriculum Part One
Biomass Energy Curriculum Part Two
Biomass Energy Curriculum Part Three

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