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This free course, Biofuels, investigates what is meant by a biofuel and covers the advantages of using biofuels compared with fossil fuels. The different types of biofuel are explored, with particular emphasis on transport biofuels. Finally, the issue of whether biofuels are the complete answer to our future energy needs is considered.
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After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of some of the basic facts, language, concepts and principles relating to plants, in particular the composition and properties of plants and the different ways in which plant products have been utilised by humans
- demonstrate an understanding of the contribution that science can make to informed debate on issues arising from the use of plants and the threats posed to plants and their habitats
- make sense of information presented in different ways, including textual, numerical, graphical, multimedia and web-based material.
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- 1 What are biofuels?
- 2 Energy from plants and climate change
- 3 Wood as an energy source
- 4 Grasses as an energy source
- 5 Transport biofuels: biodiesel and bioethanol
- 6 Biogas
- 7 Biofuels: some of the issues
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