New Fuels – 2

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions
Photo courtesy of: J. Pinkston and L. Stern / US Geological Survey

Did You Know?

  • Natural gas is odorless but suppliers add a chemical compound called mercaptan to give it an odor so that people can detect leaks.
  • The sun is a gigantic nuclear fusion reactor that by some estimates produces enough energy in barely a minute to supply the world for one year.
  • We measure energy with British thermal units BTUs. One BTU is about equal to the energy released as a wooden match burns.
  • Energy conservation by turning a room thermostat down just 1 degree Fahrenheit this winter will save about 3 percent of the energy needed to heat the room.


Resources

Science for Kids

Fuel Cell Car Kit: Electrolyzes water into hydrogen and oxygen and generates electricity.

ChemMatters

A magazine for high school students

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS®)

SciFinder®, a research tool produced by CAS (a division of the American Chemical Society), found 384 references published this year on the topic of using biomass for producing biofuels. Further analysis of the references demonstrates the current research interest in developing pathways to sustainable biofuels from non food sources such as forest and crop residues, municipal waste, algae, etc. and the increasing focus on biotechnology solutions for optimizing processes such as conversion of biomass to sugars.

The CAS databases cover references from more than 10,000 major scientific journals and 57 patent authorities worldwide.

ACS Policy Statements and Briefings

In the News

  • Sunny Forecast For Fuel Cells
    C&EN, August 4, 2008
  • Renewable energy spurs “green gold rush”
    ES&T, July 23, 2008
  • Top paper: A low-emissions future
    ES&T, April 1, 2008
  • Students catch EPA's "green wave"
    ES&T, February 13, 2008
  • Who will pay for a global climate-technology revolution?
    ES&T, February 6, 2008
  • Shale-oil development on the fast track
    ES&T, February 6, 2008
  • Promises of plug-in hybrid
    ES&T, January 16, 2008
  • Turning Water Into Fuel
    C&EN
    , October 4, 2007
  • Long legacy of fossil fuels
    ES&T, September 19, 2007
  • Tapping The Sun
    C&EN
    , August 27, 2007
  • Wind energy’s footprint
    ES&T, May 16, 2007
  • Sharing sustainable solutions
    ES&T, April 4, 2007

Books

  • Hundreds of books have been written in the past few years about alternative fuels. These books offer an amazing variety of opinions and viewpoints. Information on many of these books is available from the Library of Congress, http://catalog.loc.gov/

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