Can renewable energy power the world?
Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?

4.12 Week 4 summary

This week you have:

  • seen how bioenergy use depends on the process of photosynthesis, and how the initial products of photosynthesis can be converted into other energy-rich forms
  • looked at the different materials that can be used for bioenergy
  • learned about the different processes of converting raw materials into bioenergy sources, by physical, thermochemical or biochemical means
  • reviewed the by-products, costs and environmental impact of bioenergy
  • discussed the factors likely to affect the uptake of bioenergy systems and their future prospects

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