SIOUX FALLS, S.D. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels and its parent companies POET and DSM submitted comments Monday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed rule, "Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards."
In its comments, POET-DSM supports the agency's proposed volume of 14 million gallons in 2013 and encourages EPA to set this year's and future projections to accurately reflect the strong expected growth of cellulosic biofuel:
"While cellulosic biofuel is on the verge of robust growth in commercial production, to avoid undercutting this growth, EPA's regulations must provide regulatory and market support consistent with Congressional intent in enacting the RFS. Under this rulemaking, it is critical that EPA adhere to Congressional intent in enacting the RFS by adopting 2013 cellulosic biofuel obligations based on projections that accurately reflect the strong expected growth of cellulosic biofuel projection in 2013 and in the following years."
POET-DSM is currently constructing Project LIBERTY, a facility in Emmetsburg, that will produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel per year, ramping up to 25 million gallons. The plant will use crop residue (corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk) to produce renewable fuel and renewable power that can be exported to the adjacent grain-ethanol facility. POET-DSM plans to open Project LIBERTY in early 2014 and is exploring opportunities to license the process and technology package to other grain-ethanol producers to expand their fuel production capabilities.
Advanced Biofuels, LLC
POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, LLC. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 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 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. 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: www.poetdsm.com