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Netherlands’ king to attend Project LIBERTY opening

By Staff | Sep 2, 2014

EMMETSBURG (POET-DSM) – The Court of His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has announced that the king will attend Wednesday’s grand opening of POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg.

The king will participate in the ceremony scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and tour the plant.

POET-DSM is a joint venture between the U.S.-based POET and the Netherlands-based DSM.

The grand opening is a public event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature plant tours, the formal ceremony, a flyover by the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron, booths and entertainment.

All events are open to the public. A lunch will be provided.

Project LIBERTY will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalks annually 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.

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