Biomass - Creating Bio-Diesel

Type of Resource



This detailed chemistry lesson from the U.S. Department of Energy focuses on transforming vegetable oil into biodiesel through a process of transesterification. The process described offers a good model for many chemical reaction processes that are used to produce a viable product.

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-4   Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.

HS-LS1-5   Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.

HS-ESS3-2   Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

Science and Engineering Practices