World leader in biological solutions. Our enzyme and microbial technologies enable higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, renewable fuel and more.
Location: Emmetsburg, Iowa
Primary Feedstock: Crop residue—corn cobs, leaves, husk, and some stalk
Products: Cellulosic ethanol
Technology: Enzyme technology
POET-DSM’s process uses enzymes to break down the cellulose from biomass into fermentable sugars, which are converted to ethanol. The waste product is separated into solids and liquids and sent to a solid fuel boiler or anaerobic digester to produce renewable energy.
Input Volume: 281,050 tons/year
Output Capacity: 75 million L/year
Jobs: 50 direct/200 indirect
Investment: US$ 275 million
Partners: DSM, Poet, State of Iowa, U.S. Department of Energy