Research Capabilities


POET laboratories.


POET employs about 40 researchers who work to improve both the corn and cellulosic ethanol production processes as well as develop new products. In 2008 alone, POET spent $20 million on research, doubling its research staff and tripling the size of its lab in Sioux Falls.


Pilot plant.


POET’s first ethanol plant now houses its pilot-scale research, with multiple buildings on 64,550 square feet in Scotland, S.D. There is both a pilot corn-based ethanol plant and a pilot cellulosic ethanol plant on site, which allows engineers and researchers the rare opportunity to see their work move from lab-scale, to pilot-scale, and on to commercial use.