Mentor: Dr. Ziang Bi
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"Studying Economics in the Agriculture college gave me a unique perspective of the economy. I wanted to apply the concepts I learned in my courses to a research project that helps us better understand the efficiency of bio-gas and renewable energy sources for small farmers."
International Food and Resource Economics
- Renewable Engergy
- University Scholars Program 2015-2016
- Bright Futures Scholar
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing Guitar
The effects of small-scale anaerobic Digestion technology for small-scale farmers in Florida
In the United States, the demand for Anaerobic Digesters is increasing. In large-scale farmers, anaerobic digestion systems are easy to adopt because there exists technology that turn large amounts of manure into renewable energy, like bio-gas and electricity. Through research, I found that there is a lack of market for small scale AD systems in the US. Since small-scale farmers/family farmers account for 84% of all produce, a considerable amount of manure goes untapped. Because livestock farmers produce tons of waste, I want to find out how many small-scale livestock farmers have adopted a digester and how it has affected their cost structure.The goal of my research is to identify the key benefits as well as the disadvantages of having an AD system, and creative solutions for farmers who want to adopt anaerobic digester but cant afford it.