(C) DSM POET 2013 - Biomass Supply Emmetsburg , USACellulosic Ethanol Plant to Go or Not to Go

December 2013. Lignocellulosic ethanol plants at major industrial scale are barely in operation. The field is abounding in promises - big players included like BASF, Borregaard, Beta Renewables (Mossi & Ghisolfi/Novozymes), Clariant, DuPont-Danisco, or INEOS. Some forerunners like Choren (Shell/Volkswagen) have gone bankrupt or they are backing out like Coskata abandoning biomass for natural gas.

In the United States DSM-POET will start its first plant early next year amid high hopes by government which funded it with $120 million dollars and critical scrutiny by the American oil industry. In the exclusive interview with B2Bioworld Steve Hartig, today Consultant and past General Manager Licensing with DSM-POET and also responsible for DSM’s global bio-based business outlines prospects of the first plant at Emmetsburg, business strategy and political constraints in the States. He answers tto questions exploring the value of the licensing offer, and comments on opportunities of international expansion. Which local knowledge will be decisive for beating competitors and foster global sales of next-generation energy technology or plants.

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