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Project LIBERTY director to give update of POET’s cellulosic work


Director Jim Sturdevant to speak at two Iowa events in coming weeks

Project LIBERTY Director Jim Sturdevant will outline progress and upcoming work for POET’s effort to commercialize cellulosic ethanol at two Iowa events in coming weeks.

Sturdevant will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the 2010 Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook in Spencer, Iowa. The event will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center.

The following week, Sturdevant will take part in the Alternative Energy Conference in Sheldon, Iowa. He will speak at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A.

POET’s Project LIBERTY is a planned 25 million-gallons-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The plant, which will use corn cobs as feedstock, will be adjacent to POET’s grain ethanol plant already in operation on the site. Construction is expected to begin this year.

POET has operated a pilot cellulosic ethanol plant since November 2008, producing cellulosic ethanol at a rate of 20,000 gallons per year.

To see a documentary about POET’s pilot cellulosic ethanol plant visit Photos are also available for publication at

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 22-year-old company produces more than 1.54 billion gallons of ethanol annually from 26 production facilities nationwide. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit


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