Poet, DSM open new commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa
The $250 million project is projected to produce about 25 million gallons of ethanol a year.
By JUSTIN DOOM
A joint venture of Poet LLC and Royal DSM NV opened a
plant in Iowa with
capacity to produce 20 million gallons (76 million liters) of
fuel a year.
Liberty facility in
Emmetsburg, which received a $105 million loan guarantee from
the US Energy Department in 2011, may eventually expand
production to 25 million gallons a year, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel
s LLC said on Sep. 3 in a
The plant produces fuel from corn cobs, husks and stalks,
unlike standard ethanol
thats made from the
edible parts of the plant. Its an alternative to fossil
fuels and wont have to compete for feedstock
with companies that sell
corn for food.
Some have called cellulosic ethanol
fuel, but today it becomes a reality, Poets
chairman Jeff Broin said in the statement. The venture may
may generate $250 million by 2020 through selling the fuel
and licensing the technology