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POET-DSM sets Project LIBERTY opening

By Staff | Aug 31, 2014

THIS AERIAL VIEW shows Project LIBERTY’s bale yard and some of the storage tanks. The yard will holdroughly a three-week’s supply of bone dry stover.

EMMETSBURG – POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY will open its doors to the public for its grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Emmetsburg.

The event will showcase the first-of-its-kind technology that is poised to dramatically expand the world’s resources for transportation fuel.

The grand opening will feature plant tours, a formal ceremony, a flyover by the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron, booths and music.

The public is invited to attend, and lunch will be provided.

Project LIBERTY will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalks daily to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, later ramping up to 25 million gallons per year.

Plant personnel are currently running biomass through the pretreatment process and preparing for the first gallons of ethanol.

Project LIBERTY will be the flagship plant in POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ plan to license this technology to companies across the U.S. and around the world.

The event schedule include:

  • Public tours : 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Grand opening ceremony: 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Lunch (provided) from 12:20 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Booths, equipment viewing open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be no public parking at the site.

Free parking and regular shuttles will run from the Wild Rose Casino parking lot, at 777 Main St., Emmetsburg.

About POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET LLC. Based in Sioux Falls, S.D., the company is a cooperative effort of two innovators that provides a key to unlocking the opportunity of converting corn crop residue into cellulosic bio-ethanol.

Built on the strengths of both companies, the joint venture has a critical mission – to make cellulosic bio-ethanol competitive with corn bio-ethanol, the most competitive renewable liquid transportation fuel on the U.S. market today.

Drawing on the deep expertise and experience of POET and DSM in different areas of converting cellulosic biomass into bio-ethanol, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will have its first commercial-scale plant co-located with POET’ Biorefining-Emmetsburg.

Based on this plant, the JV plans to globally license an integrated technology package for the conversion of corn crop residue to cellulosic bio-ethanol.

More information is available by visitingwww.poetdsm.com.

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