Commercially viable cellulosic ethanol has held revolutionary promise as a fuel source for years, and now life and materials sciences giant Royal DSM and ethanol producer POET LLC are joining up to demonstrate and license “the next step in the development of biofuels.”

The new joint venture, called POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, is scheduled to start production in the second half of 2013 at a facility called Project Liberty. The facility is currently under construction adjacent to POET’s existing corn ethanol facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa and will produce 20 million gallons of fuel in its first year before hitting an anticipated pace of 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol each year. Keep reading →