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Photo of the Week: CB2E Activity

Freshmen enrolled in UW-Madison’s First-Year Interest Group (FIG) course “Bioenergy: Sustainability, Opportunities, and Challenges” initiate the process of producing liquid fuels from biomass by grinding it in coffee grinders. These students are completing a lab activity developed at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute called “Converting Cellulosic Biomass to Ethanol” or “CB2E”, which asks students to create environmentally sustainable biofuels from commonly found biomass materials, such as corn stalks, grasses, sawdust, or cardboard.

Recently featured in The Science Teacher, a journal of the National Science Teachers Association, CB2E is the brainchild of the Wisconsin Energy Institute’s education and outreach group, John Greenler and Leith Nye, as well as Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation outreach and education manager Travis Tangen. Read more about the activity »