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Hundreds gather for SE Bio energy conference

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -  Becoming energy independent is the vision of America's energy future, and with the help of new technology we may be able to do just that.

Corn is a great source of energy, and as we look around for alternative energy sources, biomass is becoming a popular choice.

Exhibitors came from near and far to showcase new and innovative ways to turn biomass and other renewable resources into energy.

"A lot of hard working people, hard thinking people come here and share their ideas and help solve the real problems of America," said Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Exhibitor and CEO of  Ag Networks Michael Hammond developed a system to help farmers make more use of their energy. "Our system allows them to have a real time view of the farmers operation whether it be the equipment the irrigation, where they are what their doing what their people are doing also where their energy is going and that's what our innovative software portal allows them to do," he said.

Leaders were at the conference to show their support and stress the importance of establishing energy independence.

"We've seen already what happens when we depend on others for our energy it needs to be American it needs to be abundant it needs to be homegrown," Hammond  said. "Energy makes progress and prosperity and it needs to be affordable and all those factors contribute to a free society, the kind of society that moms and dads and grandparents want for their children and grandchildren."

As Americans we are used to having ample amounts of energy but it is actually limited and we need to make use of Georgia's abundant natural resources.

"The southeast united states can be to bio diesel what Saudi Arabia is to oil, because we have so many diverse resources grasses to cellulose based ethanol, to sweet potato we have two chicken fat plants in Georgia making bio diesel from chicken fat its great for our state but its also great for our country," said Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson.

The applications are growing all the time, the senator said. "If you drive down the interstate and you see some kind of signal more often than not its fueled by some sort of solar energy panel sitting right on top of it if you go to a peanut farm more often than not the fuel used to run the tractors is a bio diesel so there are more and more uses all the time."

Leaders at the conference say the next big breakthrough is flex fuels for automobiles, because that's where a tremendous amount of energy consumption goes in the United States.

Leaders at the conference say every time we as consumers buy products or use products made by renewable resources we are doing our part to promote renewable energy.

The conference will go on through August 13th.

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