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POET’s Project LIBERTY Field Day November 6

By Staff | Oct 23, 2008

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Farmers will see first-hand how equipment manufacturers are responding to the latest advancement in ethanol production and the new revenue opportunity for farmers: harvesting corn cobs for cellulosic ethanol production.

POET hosts Project LIBERTY Field Day Thursday, Nov. 6, in Emmetsburg. The event, which is open to the public, will bring equipment manufacturers large and small together with farmers at POET Biorefining – Emmetsburg to show prototype equipment for efficiently harvesting corn cobs. Farmers will have the chance to talk with equipment dealers and see prototype equipment in action.

The event will be held at POET Biorefining – Emmetsburg (4724 380th St.).

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. Event opens

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Equipment harvest demonstration

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch (provided) and equipment viewing

1 – 1:30 p.m. Speaking program

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Equipment harvest demonstration (repeat)

Project LIBERTY, the transformation of a 50 million gallons per year (MGPY) grain-to-ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa into an integrated corn-to-ethanol and cellulose-to-ethanol biorefinery, is jointly funded by POET, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of Iowa. Once complete, the facility will produce 125 MGPY, of which 25 million gallons will be from corn fiber and corn cobs. By adding cellulosic production to an existing grain ethanol plant, POET will be able to produce 11 percent more ethanol from a bushel of corn, 27 percent more from an acre of corn, while reducing fossil fuel consumption and water use.

Construction is projected to begin in 2009, and production of cellulosic ethanol could come as early as 2011. POET is currently producing ethanol from corn cobs in a laboratory setting and will be producing ethanol through the process on a pilot scale at its Scotland, S.D. plant by the end of the year.