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Project Liberty Overview

  1. 1. POET Project LIBERTY Overview
  2. 2. Project LIBERTY • Build and operate one of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries • Integrate cellulosic ethanol technologies with corn-based ethanol technologies 3
  3. 3. POET Biorefining - Emmetsburg
  4. 4. Key Project Deliverables • 25 million gallons of ethanol annually • A sustainable biomass collection, storage, and delivery system • Reduced fossil fuel usage • Viable and replicable model for multiple biorefineries 5
  5. 5. Corn Cobs LIBERTY Design Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Hydrolysis & Fermentation Cob MHS Distillation Cellulosic Pre-treat Ethanol Lignin Separator Alternative Solids Liquids Alternative Energy Biogas Energy System System 4
  6. 6. Project Status 1. Feedstock 1. Technology 3. Financing 6
  7. 7. Feedstock - Why Cobs? • Abundant supply • Low soil nutrient levels • More carbohydrate • Higher density • Collectible & sustainable • Greater ethanol yield U.S. corn cobs represent over 5 billion gallons of ethanol 13
  8. 8. Feedstock • Requirement: o 770 bone dry ton (BDT) per day o 400,000 to 500,000 acres (~ third of corn acres in 35 mi. radius) • Ethanol process can accept non-cob corn crop residue • Up to 25% corn stover removal is environmentally sustainable 7
  9. 9. Environmental • Completed second year of field study with ISU • Very sustainable at rate of <25% of residue removal • Take aways: – Minimal nutrition loss – Know your soil – Know what you are taking off
  10. 10. 2009 Cob Harvest • 20,000 acres harvested • 16 agriculture equipment companies • Loose cobs and bales 8
  11. 11. LIBERTY Field Day – November 3, 2009 15
  12. 12. Collaborating Agriculture Equipment Manufacturers Fantini
  13. 13. Options for 2010 Collection 1. Clean Cobs 2. Clean Bales 3. Second-Pass Bales 100 Farmers in 2010 16
  14. 14. Incentives • DOE Feedstock Incentives Ø Farmer variable cost incentives Ø Equipment manufacturer incentives • USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program Ø Matching payments up to $45/BDT Ø Final rules in review • Equipment procurement discounts offered by manufacturers
  15. 15. Technology – Pilot Plant • Over 14 months of operation • 20,000 gallons per year capacity • Making cellulosic ethanol • Testing alternative energy systems • Focus is on reducing costs ü 40% reduction since 2008 Pilot-Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Plant POET Research Center, Scotland, SD 19
  16. 16. Federal Environmental Requirement National Environmental Protection Act Key Milestone: A Positive NEPA Determination Approved Sept. 2008 1616
  17. 17. LIBERTY Site Existing Corn-Based Biorefinery POET Biomass Facilities LIBERTY LIBERTY Biomass Biorefinery Handling & Storage
  18. 18. Technology Technology package complete • Cob receiving • Cellulose-to-ethanol process • Alternative energy Scheduled series of design reviews (DOE): • March 11-12 • May 10 • October 11 Target: Construction start in late 2010 1818
  19. 19. Financing • DOE Loan Guarantee is required • Preliminary application accepted by DOE in November 2008 • Submit final application in April 2010 21
  20. 20. Major Partners $14.75M from the Iowa Power Fund $5.25M from the Iowa Department of Economic Development $80 million DOE grant to design, construct, build and operate $20 million DOE increase for feedstock incentives 6
  21. 21. LIBERTY Creates Jobs • POET Biomass – LIBERTY Ø 15-25 full-time jobs • Cellulosic plant Ø 35-45 full-time jobs • Regional biomass supply logistics Ø 60-70 full-time jobs • Seasonal farm laborers • Agriculture equipment dealers and manufacturers 7
  22. 22. Rolling it Out: National Impacts U.S. has 1 Billion tons of available biomass – That’s 85 - 90 billion gallons annually – Equal to 60% of U.S. transportation fuel supply – And…America imports 60% of its petroleum! Cellulosic ethanol represents thousands of good, green jobs at home 9
  23. 23. Project LIBERTY Benefits • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions • Supports goal of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022 • Builds upon the corn-to- ethanol industry Reduces nation’s • Creates opportunities in dependency rural America on foreign oil 5
  24. 24. Thank You

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