For the past few months I have been keeping up with innovations in the renewable energy sector via the CleanTechnica blog. I thought a recent post, titled, “Frankenstein’s Yeast” Could Spur Biofuel Breakthrough would be perfect for sharing here given that it is biofuels month! This is also a post intended to give biology teachers an idea for one way to address biotechnology in the context of a current energy topic.
What I like about CleanTechnica is that it highlights science action, telling about current research initiatives and filling me with awe for the creative minds out there working on clean energy solutions. The entries can serve to inspire your students and will show them that their generation has a lot of work to do.
So biotechnology and biofuels do go together….if you are looking for a few additional resources on this topic, check out NREL’s Excellence in Biotechnology for Renewable Fuels and Chemcials document.
And if you really want to get deep into this topic with your students – “this topic” being the role of Research and Development and in some case biotechnology in advancing biofuels, you may want to start at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program. Available fact sheets summarize various projects having to do with biomass feedstock generation and conversion technologies.