Sioux Falls, South Dakota [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] POET held a groundbreaking ceremony for its third ethanol production facility to be built in Indiana. The $130 million facility will use 21 million bushels of corn per year to produce 65 million gallons (mgy) of ethanol and 178,000 tons of premium Dakota Gold Enhanced Nutrition Distillers Products.
“We can offset a significant portion of future demand for oil by giving American consumers a real choice when it comes to the cars they drive and the fuels that power them,” said U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana.
The facility in North Manchester, Indiana, will use POET’s proprietary patent-pending BPX process that eliminates cooking in ethanol production and reduces energy use by as much as 15 percent in comparison with conventional plants. The plant will recycle all water used in the ethanol production process and will be outfitted with a regenerative thermal oxidizer that eliminates up to 99.9 percent of air emissions.
Construction is expected to begin later this month and last 12-14 months.
“This will be an environmentally friendly facility for the state of Indiana that produces an environmentally-friendly fuel for America,” said Jeff Broin, CEO of POET. “This partnership between POET, the Wabash county area and the local investors in this plant will reap economic benefits for the local economy, more energy security for our country and a better environment for our world.”