Poet reports Project Liberty in ‘ramp-up’ phase

By Poet LLC | May 04, 2016

Project Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity.

Last year’s startup phase yielded great experience that will benefit subsequent plants and the learning continues each day as Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels works to make cellulosic ethanol in the most efficient way possible.

Poet-DSM’s process uses corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk as the feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. This product is harvested by local farmers and brought to the plant for processing. Besides ethanol, Project Liberty produces biogas from its anaerobic digester and steam from its solid-fuel boiler to produce power to run its own processes and export energy to the adjacent grain-based ethanol plant.