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With New Cellulosic Ethanol Joint Venture, POET To Decline DOE Loan Guarantee

By Staff | Jan 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC In light of its joint venture with DSM, POET does not plan to utilize the loan guarantee it was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). POET received a commitment for a $105 million loan guarantee to finance Project LIBERTY on Sept. 23, 2011. Upon the closing of the joint venture, POET will officially decline the guarantee prior to drawing any funds.

“The loan guarantee commitment from the DOE was an important milestone in our quest to commercialize cellulosic ethanol, and we are appreciative of the work they put into the due diligence process,” POET founder and CEO Jeff Broin said. “We believe that the joint venture with DSM positions us well to meet our ambitious cellulosic ethanol production goals, and thus the loan guarantee has become unnecessary.”

Monday, Jan. 23, POET announced a joint venture with DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, to commercially demonstrate and license cellulosic ethanol.

For more information on Project LIBERTY and the POET DSM Cellulosic Ethanol joint venture, please visit www.poetdsm.com/