Roland-Story students in the agriculture mechanics class have participated in a new unit of study in which they learned about fuel alternatives. One of their activities was entitled “clean smoke.”

“Agriculture is a primary user of consumable energy in the United States; however, agriculturalists produce several forms of renewable energy,” said Brad Taylor, agriculture instructor. “Renewable energy resources range from capturing sunlight and wind to produce electricity to processing crops into biofuels to replace petroleum-based fuels such as gasoline and diesel.”

In these activities, students compared the emissions of a fossil fuel and a biofuel. They also tested the energy produced by solar panels and developed a display about a type of alternative energy.