With these sky high gas prices, researchers are looking for alternatives to traditional fuel--biofuel being one of them.
This summer at Michigan Tech, seven teachers from all over the state are learning more about how it's made so they can introduce their students to a vital area of engineering. There are three labs. One looks at how trees can be best grown to make woody biomass, another tests different methods for converting the woody biomass into fuel, and the third tests the fuel on real engines.
"We're focusing on forests for obvious reasons, here in the Upper Peninsula, because we have such a large variety and abundance of forest resources which are underutilized," said MTU Professor, Dr. David Shonnard.
The teachers will be on Tech's campus until next Friday, then they'll go home and gear up for the school year.