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Efficiency earns POET-DSM honors

By Staff | May 11, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (POET) – POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels recently received Biofuels Digest’s 2013-14 Industrial Symbiosis award at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, in Washington, DC.

The award represents the achievement in developing co-located facilities that transform the cost and complexity of advanced biofuels by sharing inputs, outputs, infrastructure, or other technology. It was presented by Publisher Jim Lane.

“In the case of POET-DSM’s project in Emmetsburg,” Lane said, “the waste residue associated with our production process, which utilizes excess stover left over from corn production, becomes an input into the facility’s co-located cellulosic biofuels process.

“This results in adding value for the farmer, building the Emmetsburg economy, and producing renewable fuel far more cost-effectively than could be accomplished by building a greenfield plant.”

Steve Hartig, general manager of licensing for POET-DSM, said, “We’re honored to be recognized for our team’s hard work in commercializing this complex process to benefit not only farmers and residents near the plant, but also the global population, which will enjoy cleaner air, more readily available energy sources and sustainable local commerce.

“We hope to show others throughout the world that these benefits produced locally can be enjoyed in China, India, Thailand, Brazil and a host of other countries.”

POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY will produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel per year – later ramping up to 25 million gallons – from corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalks in Emmetsburg.

Construction is scheduled to be completed this quarter.

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