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10 Easy Steps to Biodiesel
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Experiment - Manual/Handbook - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Using the FuelMeister system is one way to produce larger amounts of biodiesel fuel for small scale consumption.
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ABC's of Biofuels
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - List - Science Fair Projects - Web site
Summary: This has been developed for high school and college level students studying biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel. Fact sheets cover biofuels for transportation, bioethanol feedstocks, bioethanol production, biodiesel feedstocks, biodiesel production, bio...
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Alternative Fuels Biodiesel
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: This teacher guide has suggested activities with correlations to national science standards, fact sheets on soybeans, biodiesel, and each is assigned appropriate grade levels.
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Biodiesel - A Primer
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook
Summary: THis publication serves as an introduction to home biodiesel production. It is a 14-page pdf.
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Biodiesel Basics
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This provides factual information on biodiesel fuels,including what biodiesel is, how is it made, how it is distributed, and its benefits.
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Biodiesel Basics presentation
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This presentation is on Biodiesel Basics. Thirty-one slides provide a review of why the interest in biodiesel fuels (oil production) and how biodiesel fuels are made.
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BioDiesel Board
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Research - Web site
Summary: The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and devleopment in the Univet States. Front page links provide tax incentive information (updated regularly), biodiesel ba...
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Biodiesel Definitions
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: Clear up some confusion over biodiesel definitions. From this site access fuel fact sheets and biodiesel specifications.
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Biodiesel Info Page-Biodiesel 101
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included is Dr. Diesel's Invention, Biodiesel Benefits, Emissions, What's NOx?, Biodiesel and Cold Weather, Make Biodiesel, Biodiesel Articles and a Biodiesel Presentation.
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Biodiesel Multi-media
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: A variety of press releases, promotional clips and reviews are offered through this website. Windows Media Player is required to view the clips.
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Biodiesel recipe
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Glossary - Language Options
Summary: Nicely done, live links full explain the process of making biodiesel, complete with links to definitions of each aspect, picture and drawings that help illustrate concepts and steps.
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Biodiesel Research: A Bibliography and Finding Aid
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Database
Summary: Included in this bibliography are Web sites, student competitions, case studies, research centers, general background information, government information, periodicals and news sources, books, reports, audio-visual, and articles. This bibliography will be updat...
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Biodiesel Using Renewable Resources
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment examines ways to use renewable resources to replace nonrenewable starting materials and it examines characteristic properties of matter.
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Biodiesel: Transportation Fuels
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Includes a teachers guide with suggested activities, factsheets on soybeans and biodieselThese lessons are coorelated to natinal science standards.
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Clean My Ride
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: School buses trundling down suburban strees this fall may smell more like french fries than exhaust fumes. That's because an increasing number of school districts are running bus fleets on biodiesel, an environmentally friendly alternative fuel often made fro...
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Coco Locomotion
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will read a brief description about the use of coconuts from the Environmental Health Perspectives publication, April 2005. This article describes the use of coconuts in the production of biodiesel fuel. Students will then proceed to calculate the q...
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Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Included through this portal are links for biodiesel tutorials, sources for biodiesel equpment, forums and advanced topics that include filter and pretreating oil as well as a solar preheatand a recipe calculator.
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Fleet Applications & Niche Markets
Type: Article/Report - List - Web site
Summary: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleets and Niche Markets for School Buses, School Bus Toolkit (to help introduce alternative fuel vehicles to the school bus niche market)and a list of case studies and success stories from school districts around the country and publi...
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From Biomass to Biofuels
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A colorful six-page PDF on biofuels and current research.
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Growing Energy: How Biofuels Can Help End America's Oil Dependence
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 96-page publication/report is available as a PDF. This report offers a plan for realizing security, economic and environmental benefits of biofuels. It is based upon two years of cutting edge analysis by a diverse group of experts who have worked togeth...
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How to make biodiesel
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials
Summary: Description of the "simple" process of making biodiesel fuel.
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Las Vegas Serves up Biodiesel for local Schools
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: In a pilot program the Las Vegas school district began running its schools buses with biodiesel fuels. The fuelstock for the biodiesel did not come from soy beans but rather grease from the casinos.
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Lifecycle Summary of Biodiesel
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: The lifecycle summary of biodeiesel, comparative findings for a comprehensive "cradle to grave" inventory of materials used.
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Make Your Own Biodiesel
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Too many to list, however the Online Biofuels Library offered at this site appears comprehensive. They provide links to international efforts on biodiesel research and projects.
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Make Your Own Biodiesel
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: Learn how to make biodisel, learn how to titrate, mix and conduct various steps through the process. Available in Spanish and Japanese.
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Make Your Own Biodiesel
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Too many to list, however the Online Biofuels Library offered at this site appears comprehensive. They provide links to international efforts on biodiesel research and projects.
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Making Biodiesel
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A graphic diagram visually explains the process of making biodiesel. The link, "convert diesels" provides additional information that can help close the loop of understanding the process.
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Methanol
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Glossary - Language Options
Summary: Nicely done, with live links tht fully explain methanol, complete with links to definitions of each aspect, picture and drawings that help illustrate concepts and steps.
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MSDS, Biodiesel Equipment, and Processors
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for biodiesel, glycerol, methanol, ethanol, sodium hudroxide, potassium hudroxide, sulfuric acid and phenolphthalein are available as well as some other helpful biodiesel fact sheets and information.
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Project Yellow Bus
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: Project Yellow Bus seeks to educate the private and public sector abut renewable energy. It provides a five-week lesson plan that includes grade specific plans for K-5 teachers, focusing on biodiesel and other renewable energy resources. It primarily seeks t...
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Soybean Methyl Ester Formula and Molecular Weight
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Average molecular weight of soybean oil methyl esters fo reach of the component esters.
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Student Glossary (Energy Terms)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: A glossary of energy terms used in biofuels is provided for students with a link for a greater technical glossary for researchers.
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Transportation Fuels: The Future is Today
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students learn about conventional and alternative transportation fuels and participate in several activities to learn and teach others. Designed for grades 7-12 with modification for middle school. This is a teacher guide with introudctions to petroleum, gasol...
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Willie Nelson's Biodiesel
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Willie Nelson offer a portal to biotechnology, products, services and more as it grows. Included is a lengthy list of news and articles of interest.
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Yokayo Biofuels Glossary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a slightly technical glossary on biofuels with resource links.
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