Bio-fuel to be tested Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; A company called U.S. Sustainable Energy Corp. will test its newly patented bio-fuel 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Vidalia City Hall.

According to a press release from USSEC&8217;s Chief Executive Officer John Rivera, USSEC will demonstrate the powering of Vidalia&8217;s City Hall, using 175-kilowatt generator fueled by his bio-fuel.

Rivera stated he would also run a new, out-of-the-box gasoline lawn mower, a Yamaha Riva two-stroke engine and a 1 million-mile-old Detroit Diesel engine using the bio-fuel.

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Rivera said the fuel could run both gas and diesel engines.

&8220;We all know academia believes you cannot run gasoline and diesel engines using the same type of fuel,&8221; Rivera stated.

&8220;We are inviting the international financial community and the local and national media affiliates to come to Vidalia and see history in the making on Tuesday.&8221;

Rivera said the fuel is made from the bio-product of soybeans after they have been used to make the company&8217;s main product, a 7-3-7 fertilizer.

Rivera said he also intends to make the fuel using cornhusks, milo and nutshells.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said he is looking forward to Tuesday&8217;s demonstration and feels this will further help Miss-Lou farmers.

&8220;I think this man is beginning to scratch the surface as far as bio-fuels are concerned,&8221; Copeland said. &8220;This will also be a tremendous boost for our local farmers to produce products to be able to be used for bio-fuels.&8221;

Rivera said the company would open a 1,000 Megawatt plant in about 10 weeks at Riverside Central near Natchez&8217;s port facility, and would hire 2,000 employees.

Rivera also said USSEC would place generators to run on the bio-fuel in Vidalia to create energy for the city.

Rivera said the generators would be operational in 90 days.

Rivera said the company&8217;s sphere of purchasing the soybeans would start from buying them from Miss-Lou farmers first, to buying the beans from as far away as Iowa.

Rivera said he plans to use 300,000 bushels of soybeans per day.

Rivera said Tuesday&8217;s demonstration would be broadcast live from the company&8217;s Web site at