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AP Environmental Science (APES) students study alternative energy with plant-based biofuels

By Jason Bink
Upper School Science Teacher, STEM Endorsement Co-Chair

Students in AP Environmental Science (APES) are studying energy sources. How do we generate heat and electricity? How much energy will be released per unit of that resource, and what effects might extracting it and burning it have on the environment? Also, since fossil fuels are nonrenewable resources we are always looking for alternative energy sources. APES students did research on plant based fuels and then conducted an experiment to determine how many calories of energy are in a given volume of plant oils. Biofuels such as almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, and more were tested using a calorimeter. Using proper safety precautions, we had fun with fire and investigated plant based fuel options. Click here for photos.



 

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