DuPont came one step closer to commercializing advanced biofuels by breaking ground on its cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa. Expected to be completed in mid-2014, the more than $200 million facility will be among the first and largest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world.
This new facility is expected to generate 30 million gallons annually of cellulosic biofuel produced from corn stover residues, a non-food feedstock that consists of corn stalks and leaves.
“Nearly a decade ago, DuPont set out to develop innovative technology that would result in low-capital and low-cost cellulosic ethanol production,” said Jim Collins, president, DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “We recognized that science-powered innovation was the catalyst to make cellulosic ethanol a commercial reality and to help reduce global dependence on fossil fuels.
“By leveraging DuPont Pioneer corn production expertise and designing an integrated technology platform, we’ve built an affordable and sustainable entry point into this new industry,” Jim said. “We’re committed to continued productivity gains to drive costs down even further for the coming generations of plants, ones based on corn stover, as well as other feedstocks. And we didn’t get to this point alone. We’ve built an incredible partnership with the state of Iowa, Iowa State University, entrepreneurial growers and a whole host of partners around the country who share our vision of making renewable fuels a commercial reality.”
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