Enzyme Manufacturing Facility At Project Liberty Site In Emmetsburg

Officials with POET-DSM announced Thursday plans to build an enzyme manufacturing facility onto the company’s existing Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg.

Matt Merritt, Public Relations Director for POET-DSM tells KUOO news the addition is being planned on about an acre of land and would be directly connected to the existing facility in Emmetsburg…

“Enzymes are a very important part of the process of converting bio mass into ethanol. Typically these enzymes are shipped in from either regional facilities where they’re manufactured or even further away than that at times. So what this is is a smaller scale, on site manufacturing facility where the enzymes are produced right there and they are directly from that on site manufacturing facility, they’re directly piped right into the process. So it saves a lot of time, energy and money on the transportation process. You don’t have to ship these enzymes, you don’t have to add a lot of chemicals and stabilizers that you would typically have to add when you’re transporting these enzymes over distances.”

Pending receiving the necessary approvals for permits, Merritt says construction on the project could start in late spring or early summer. He says the enzyme manufacturing facility will utilize the latest in technology and will be the first of it’s kind…

“It’s something that our DSM, partners in our joint venture, have been looking at for a long time and they’ve been excited to take that step and start constructing this facility. So, you know, we’ve got a couple of local and state approvals to get through, but once we do that we’re excited to get rolling.”

On another note, POET-DSM also announced Project Liberty in Emmetsburg has achieved a 70 gallon per ton conversion rate with its cellulosic ethanol production. Merritt says that greatly surpasses initial expectations from when the plant first went into production.

(Story from KUOO/KUQQ, Spirit Lake)