Pettus plans ethanol station project at Clarksville complex
Nathalie Pettus hopes to eventually use plants like these cat tails growing at her restaurant to make ethanol fuel.
Now that Clarksville entrepreneur Nathalie Pettus has created a self-sustaining, everything locally-grown restaurant with The Station, she is now turning her attention to another ecological idea.
Pettus plans to erect an ethanol fuel filling station by the first of the year on the south end of Clarksville just down Hwy. 79 from her restaurant and Overlook Farm complex.
“We’ll purchase the ethanol initially from POET,” of Laddonia, Pettus said.
“It’s your fuel brought to you by Missouri farmers.”
The station will sell E85 ethanol for use in flex fuel vehicles and for gradual use in other vehicles. It will also have diesel fuel so that trucks can fill up along Hwy. 79.
“You gradually add E85 to your tank,” Pettus said. “The alcohol cleans your car and its what Nascar uses.”
Eventually, Pettus wants to grow her own crops for the ethanol, sorghum and cat tails,” “because they can be grown here.
“Initially we’ll ue corn to make the ethanol but eventually we’ll use all kinds of feed stock,” Pettus said. “That’s what we used to do in this country. The first Fords were flex fuel.”
“I totally believe in the concept of making your own fuel,” Pettus said.
She will also use the byproduct of the fuel process as a livestock feed and soil builder for her acres of vegetables and fruits. Pettus got the idea from an acquaintance who wrote a book about ethanol fuel and how make it.
“We’re trying to make things better, not just sustainable,” Pettus said. “We’re also looking at solar panels and wind power here,” to drive the restaurant and Overlook Farm’s new wedding facility.
“Right now, we’re focusing on the fuel station,” Pettus said. “It won’t be fancy,” but will be open 24 hours per day with customers using cards, Pettus said.