Poet pilot facility starts up smoothly

By | March 05, 2009
Ethanol giant Poet LLC brought its 20,000-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol pilot facility in Scotland, S.D., on line without any hiccups, according to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Broin.

The facility is performing above the company's expectations, producing more than 1,000 gallons in the first 30 days of operation. The plant is replicating the results that Poet achieved at its adjacent research facility, Broin said.

The facility, which utilizes corn cobs as a feedstock, began initial production in late November. Broin said he believes the company will have its process ready for commercialization by 2011.