Project LIBERTY, sponsored by POET, is expected to generate about 25 million gallons of ethanol annually.

The cellulosic bio-refinery is expected to create nearly $14m in new revenue to area farmers who will provide the corn crop residue.

At the bio-refinery, cellulose from corncobs, corn leaves and corn husks will be converted into ethanol, with the help of enzymes.

The facility will produce enough biogas to power both Project LIBERTY and most of POET’s adjacent grain-based ethanol plant.