CHICAGO -- Diversified Ethanol has powered up its pilot plant, one piece at a time, successfully completing sectional testing.

Tanks, lines, bioreactors, pumps, columns, and motors have all been approved for use. New explosion-proof wiring has been added to the distillation section, and a new water treatment center has been installed. The tanks and plumbing are now being insulated, and the new grain storage system has been delivered.

Employees were especially excited to see the distillation section fired up and filled with steam, Diversified said.

As it stands, the pilot plant is ready for permits and can begin producing ethanol. Until production begins, further testing and optimization of the pilot plant will continue.

The pilot plant is fitted to run on the new biofuel from the Rivera reactor, a patent-pending process which creates valuable 7-3-7 fertilizer along with biogas and 5 gallons of liquid biofuel per bushel of soybeans. Once running, the new ethanol plant will be fitted with a Rivera reactor so that it will be able to run on biomass.

Diversified's release said that Friday evening, Iowa television WHO Channel 13 commented that of all of the ethanol plants being built, Diversified Ethanol may top them all, and compared the new biofuel reactor to the "Mr. Fusion" machine in the movie "Back to the Future" by Universal Studios, where the futuristic car ran on garbage.

CEO Taylor Moffitt said, "We now have a product showcase. Customers have been excited to see the plant, which can be simply adapted to utilize a variety of technologies. We are eager to show the world what we have to offer. Regarding new developments with USSEC, both parties are in 100-percent agreement about what we want.

"We see phenomenal opportunities both ways, and are now waiting for legal blessings on the technical aspects of the deal in the form of a definitive agreement."

SOURCE: Diversified Ethanol via Business Wire.