EGEE 439
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

1.6 Summary and Final Tasks

Summary

This lesson was about how using biofuels can benefit society. We looked at increasing energy demands around the world, how economically dependent we are on foreign sources of fuel, and how we don't have much control over what the prices for our fuels will be. We also explored how the growth in GHG emissions is a vital environmental concern, and discussed how, without the use of biofuels, we cannot achieve significant reductions in GHG.

References

"U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis."EIA's Energy in Brief: How Dependent Are We on Foreign Oil? Web. 8 May 2014.

"Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Greenhouse Gases Overview." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 27 May 2014.

Yvon-Durocher, G., Allen, A.P., Bastviken, D., Conrad, R., Gudasz, C., St-Pierre, A., Thanh-Duc, N., del Giorgio, P.A., "Methane fluxes show consistent temperature dependence across microbial to ecosystem scales," Nature, 507, 488-491, 3/21/2014.

Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 1 tasks!

You have reached the end of Lesson 1! Double-check the Road Map on the Lesson 1 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Lesson 2.

Questions?

If there is anything in the lesson materials that you would like to comment on, or don't quite understand, please post your thoughts and/or questions to our Throughout the Course Questions discussion forum in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. Remember that while you are there, you should also feel free to post your own responses if you are able to help out a classmate.