Rising fuel costs have sparked a recent interest in and exploration of bioenergy sources like ethanol, biodiesel, and biogas. Bioenergy sources are renewable energy sources utilized for electricity, heat, and vehicle fuel. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, bioenergy derived from plant materials is among the most rapidly growing technologies being enhanced and developed today. In this lesson students will analyze the process of energy transfer that occurs between sunlight and plants as they explore the process of photosynthesis. Students will design experiments to determine whether a bean plant will grow in the dark. Data collected from the experiments will later be utilized to assist students in understanding how plants can be utilized to harvest bioenergy.
Exploring Oklahoma’s Green Energy