Auburn University College of Agriculture makes strides in renewable energy research

Published: Nov. 7, 2014 at 3:05 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2014 at 3:05 AM CST
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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - From clean water to fresh food, the College of Agriculture at Auburn University says it's improving the lives of billions of people around the world.

The College of Agriculture held an event on Thursday to show off some of their research.

When you think agriculture, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't renewable energy. The College of Agriculture is hoping to change that though.

Using something as simple as pine chips, they created a source of renewable energy that could have a big impact on the state economy.

It's at CASIC, the center for advanced science information and commerce, that they're taking their research to the next level

The college doesn't just do research on land, but also at sea.

"We've been involved in helping some of the local communities improve their drinking water quality," said Rusty Wright with the Auburn School of Fisheries. "If you think about the fish and fishing, how many ponds do you see as you're driving to the countryside? There are over 250,000 of those fishing ponds throughout the state."

Businesses are already starting to notice the work the college is doing.

"We've already had businesses like Priester's Pecan come to us and say hey we have all these pecan shells because we make all these pecan products like pies and candies," said Christian Brodbeck, an Auburn agriculture engineer student. "So we work with them to find out hey we can gasify these shells and make electricity."

The college also does research involving climate change, animal sciences, and even bio-terrorism.

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