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POET-DSM Cellulosic Ethanol*,
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POET-DSM Cellulosic Ethanol*
EMMETSBURG, IOWA (September 3, 2014) – POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, today proved its revolutionary technology that converts “agricultural residue” into renewable fuel at its first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
A partnership, started in 2012 between POET, LLC, Ethanol Producer and Royal DSM built their first factory deep in the heart of the USA Midwest. They have ensured a plentiful supply of corn stover = that part of the corn plant left over after harvesting. The farms around the facility were checked for responsible harvesting. Removing ~25% of corn stover is optimum and creates a new income stream for farmers.
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POET-DSM’s critical mission is to put cellulosic bio-ethanol at the same price level as grain ethanol, the most competitive renewable liquid transportation fuel on the market.
“Some have called cellulosic ethanol a ‘fantasy fuel’, but today it becomes a reality,” said Jeff Broin, POET Founder. This new facility will lead the transition from a fossil-based economy to a bio-based economy.
Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM said: “This is a historic day in the future of plant-residue-based cellulosic ethanol as a viable, commercially attractive alternative to gasoline. We are moving from the fossil-age to the (bio-)renewable-age. For DSM this is a strategic investment, applying our proprietary technology to commercial scale, to repeat around the global as we open up our cellulosic ethanol licensing business.”
*February 2018, a writer for Forbes wrote that the cellulosic ethanol industry was nothing but lots of “talk”. This might be true. As far as Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association is concerted… last year “was a tough year. And when you’re doing everything right, but can’t catch that break, it’s easy to become frustrated.”
When I note multinational companies like DSM getting very involved with cellulosic ethanol, I wonder where their calculations come from. A number of facilities by other big and small companies are, also, under construction. They must think that there is a future in cellulosic ethanol.
As far as gasoline for cars, the future may be finite. Yet, projects like POET- DSM produce diverse products for a variety of industries, not just one. And old gas cars may still be around for quite a while ……….
*The reduction in green house gas (GHG) emissions from corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol compared with fossil fuels is drastic. Corn ethanol may reduce overall GHG emissions by about 13%, while that figure is around 88% or greater for cellulosic ethanol. As well, cellulosic ethanol can reduce carbon dioxide emissions to nearly zero.
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