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POET to show how cellulosic ethanol technology can expand quickly after commercialization


Project LIBERTY Director to present a broad vision of the industry’s role in the U.S. energy mix

Even as POET takes its first cellulosic ethanol plant to commercial scale, the company has its eyes on the bigger picture of what this new industry can mean for the United States and how POET will play a role in fulfilling that potential.

Project LIBERTY Director Jim Sturdevant will outline on Wednesday, July 27 POET’s vision for expanding the reach of its technology to other POET plants, other ethanol producers and new feedstocks at the U.S. Department of Energy Biomass 2011 Conference and Expo in National Harbor, Maryland. He will also show how the industry will spread to make every state an energy-producing state and what that will mean for America’s economy.

The conference, titled “Biomass 2011: Replace the Whole Barrel, Supply the Whole Market,” will focus on “the technologies needed to replace the whole barrel of oil and supply the national market for fuels, bio-based products, and power generation,” according to the event website.

Sturdevant will join Richard Wynne, Director of Environment and Aviation Policy for Boeing Company; Henry Bryndza, Director of Biochemical Science and Engineering -- Biomaterials for Dupont and Mark Maher, General Motors Executive Director for Powertrain and Vehicle Integration in a plenary session “Industry Perspectives on Bioenergy.” The moderator will be Matt Carr, Managing Director for the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The session begins at 8:30 a.m. EST in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. To watch the session, register for the free webcast.

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 23-year-old company produces more than 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol and 10 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from 27 production facilities nationwide. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit

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