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POET Welcomes Final USDA Rule To Help Launch Biomass Market For Cellulosic Ethanol

By Staff | Oct 26, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. POET welcomed finalization of rules for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), saying it will help launch the biomass market near the site of their planned cellulosic ethanol plant. The final rule was announced in a speech by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“The 85 farmers we have contracted with to deliver 56,000 tons of biomass this fall are nearly finished harvesting, so the final BCAP rule comes not a day too soon,” said Jim Sturdevant, Director of Project LIBERTY for POET. “We will now apply for our cellulosic ethanol plant to become an approved Biomass Conversion Facility (BCF) so that local farmers can become eligible for matching payments for the biomass they will soon deliver.

POET is in the midst of the world’s largest commercial harvest of biomass for cellulosic ethanol. Farmers around Emmetsburg, Iowa are baling corn cobs and light stover for delivery to POET. In order to store the bales, POET recently completed construction of a multi-million dollar stack yard next to where the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant will be built.

“For several years, we have been working with university researchers, government agencies, farmers and agricultural equipment manufacturers to develop a system of harvesting, transporting and storing corn cobs and light stover,” Sturdevant added. “While we have made tremendous progress, the matching payments from BCAP help motivate the first farmers to adopt these new practices.”

The commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg is one of three POET plants that will apply for BCAP certification along with:

1. A pilot plant in Scotland, S.D. that has been producing cellulosic ethanol since 2008.

2. POET Biorefining Chancellor, which burns waste wood in a solid waste fuel boiler, generating energy to power the 105 mgpy corn ethanol plant.

For more information about POET’s work in cellulosic ethanol, check out our new expanded cellulosic ethanol content at www.poet.com/innovation/cellulosic_ethanol.asp or visit our cellulosic ethanol blog at: