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New developments in renewable energy


Recently his Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, attended the opening of Project LIBERTY in Iowa, a new DSM project in bioethanol. DSM will focus its activities in the renewable energy sector on the further roll-out of advanced biofuels and on its successful enzyme solutions for biogas.

Project LIBERTY converts baled corn cobs, leaves, husk and stalk into renewable fuel. The plant has now officially started up, processing its first batch of biomass into cellulosic ethanol and is moving forward toward continuous operation. At full capacity, it will convert 770 tons of biomass per day to produce ethanol at a rate of 20 million gallons per year, later ramping up to 25 million gallons per year.

Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board of Royal DSM said:

This is an historical day in the development of plant-residue-based cellulosic ethanol as a viable, commercially attractive alternative to gasoline as we are moving from the fossil age to the (bio-)renewable age. For DSM this is a strategic investment, applying our proprietary technology to convert agricultural residue on a commercial scale, allowing it to be replicated at other facilities globally as we are ramping up our cellulosic ethanol licensing business.

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