Shon Van Hulzen

Director of Quality Control (POET)

Session: Speaker and Moderator – The Future of Ethanol Production: Corn Kernel Fiber Analytics Panel

Topic: Perspectives on Corn Kernel Fiber Commercialization


In 2014 the EPA published the final rules regarding additional renewable fuel pathways that had been approved by the Agency under the RFS Program. The new rules qualified corn kernel fiber as a cellulosic feedstock, meaning it meets the 60% GHG reduction and qualifies for the generation of D3 RINs. The industry is now well on its way to commercializing conversion and measurement technologies that qualify under the various state and federal programs related to the conversion of corn kernel fiber.


As Director of Quality Control for POET, Shon is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of the quality framework for POET’s network of 28 Biorefineries, including its cellulosic biofuel production site in Emmetsburg, IA. The quality control infrastructure includes policies, procedures, and accreditation processes for the feed, food, and fuel sectors of POET’s business. In addition, Shon oversees the 28 analytical laboratories that perform all aspects of quality assurance testing for the Biorefinery production base. In this capacity, Shon serves as the leader for over 80 quality assurance professionals. In his over 20 years with POET, Shon has seen the business grow from a few Biorefineries to a production network that now produces over 1.9 billion gallons of biofuel, 4.5 million tons of DDGS, and 500 million pounds of corn oil annually. Shon is an officer of ASTM International and is involved with many other industry technical venues. Shon is also an inventor on several POET patents, most notably the Raw Starch patent, which is POET’s proprietary low temperature hydrolysis process (aka: POET BPX™ Process). He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and experiencing the outdoors.