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Biomass Harvest Kickoff Today At POET

By Staff | Aug 17, 2010

The first-ever commercial biomass harvest will be the subject of a special event today by officials of POET and Project Liberty in an event at POET’s Emmetsburg facility. Project Liberty is POET’s planned 25 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant that will be constructed in Emmetsburg which will use corn cobs and light stover as the feedstock for the process.

Today’s event in Emmetsburg will feature remarks from several guests, including Iowa Governor Chet Culver and POET Chief Executive Officer Jeff Broin. Additional information will be presented by officials from the Idaho National Laboratories on biomass storage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on biomass harvest incentives and ISU on soil sustainability.

Speakers and presentations will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Attendees will also be able to browse booths of equipment manufacturers and presenters over the lunch hour and lunch will be provided. The kickoff will take place on the south side of the POET Biorefinery complex in Emmetsburg. Attendees should use the west entrance to the POET property, off 470th Avenue.

Farmers in the Emmetsburg area and Palo Alto County will be harvesting about 56,000 tons of biomass for POET this harvest season and many additional farmers have inquired about contracts for future biomass harvests at Project Liberty approaches its planned 2012 startup.

Eventually, Project Liberty will require 300,000 tons of biomass materials yearly to manufacture the cellulosic ethanol.

POET has started construction on a 22-acre site at its’ Emmetsburg facility for biomass storage systems that will have a capacity to store 22,000 tons of the feedstock for Project Liberty. Actual construction on Project Liberty’s facilities in Emmetsburg is slated to begin in 2011.