Solutions for Advanced Biofuel Production, From Feedstock to Fuel

DuPont is uniquely positioned to help achieve global goals for energy independence and rural economic development.

Our world is changing fast, and growing even faster. By the year 2050, more than nine billion people will need access to clean water and renewable energy. From feedstock to fuel — and every step in between — DuPont is committed to being part of the solution by applying our science and working with partners throughout the biofuels value chain.

Our unparalleled knowledge of the feedstock supply chain enables us to develop sustainable solutions for growers and manufacturing facilities. And with more than 25 years of experience in starch-based bioethanol technology, DuPont expertise is increasing process efficiency and yield results for both first- and second-generation biofuel producers.

DuPont is helping make cellulosic ethanol commercialization a reality with the construction of a cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa. 

DuPont is leading development of more efficient, sustainable cellulosic ethanol production.

DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol

  • From Feedstock to Fuel

    See how DuPont is applying integrated science and working across businesses to develop and commercialize advanced biofuel solutions from feedstock to fuel – and every step in between.

  • DuPont Pioneer

    DuPont Pioneer is driving new opportunities to help farmers become more profitable by delivering high-yielding products, proven expertise and innovative services to meet growing demand from the biofuels industry.

    DuPont Pioneer

    DuPont Crop Protection

    DuPont Crop Protection is helping growers produce and maximize the yield and quality of biofeedstocks including sugarcane, corn and switchgrass. Learn more about weed, insect and disease control products from DuPont.

    DuPont Crop Protection

    Ethanol from Starch

    DuPont enzyme technology has enabled starch-based bioethanol to reduce the environmental impact in countries across the globe, while facilitating the development of second-generation cellulosic biofuels.

    Ethanol from Starch

    Ethanol from Biomass

    With integrated solutions for the production of fuel from biomass, DuPont is working to accelerate the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol in markets around the world.

    Ethanol from Biomass


    Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels is a joint venture between BP and DuPont, working to develop and commercialize biobutanol to help meet demand for a range of renewable transport fuel solutions.



  • Ellen Kullman Calls on Congress to Preserve Renewable Fuel Standard

    PHILADELPHIA, May 13, 2014 – In a keynote speech at the 11th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman called on Congress and the administration to ensure regulatory stability for the renewable fuel industry by preserving the Renewable Fuel Standard, regulations ensuring renewable fuel makers market access in the United States.

  • Koninckx Calls to Expedite Move to Biobased Economy

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA April 8, 2014 – In testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee today, Jan Koninckx, business director for Biorefineries at DuPont, called on Congress to preserve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment in advanced biofuels and is expediting the transition from a petroleum-based to a biobased economy.

  • DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Breaks Ground on Iowa Biorefinery

    NEVADA, Iowa, November 30, 2012 – DuPont today 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, this more than $200 million Iowa biorefinery will be among the first and largest commercial-scale cellulosic facilities in the world.

  • Fuels America Coalition to Protect the Renewable Fuel Standard

    WILMINGTON, Delaware, September 27, 2012 – A growing coalition of advanced and traditional renewable fuel stakeholders today joined forces to defend America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the economic, clean energy and national security benefits it provides.

  • Fagen to Build DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery

    WILMINGTON, Delaware, May 1, 2012 – DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced today it will contract with Fagen, Inc., to build one of the world’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol biorefineries in Nevada, Iowa.

  • USDA and DuPont Announce New Conservation Collaboration

    JOHNSTON, Iowa, March 29, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new federal-private conservation collaboration with DuPont to safeguard natural resources on private lands used to supply biobased feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production.

  • DuPont Wins Sustainable Biofuels Award for Feedstock Innovation

    DES MOINES, Iowa, March 15, 2012 – DuPont has won the 2012 Sustainable Biofuels Award in the Sustainable Feedstock Innovation Category for its Stover Harvest Collection Project. This is a comprehensive research and scale-up project for DuPont Industrial Biosciences that significantly advances the cellulosic ethanol industry toward commercialization and advances DuPont’s efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

  • DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol | Leadership Changes

    AMES, Iowa, November 15, 2011 – DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced today management changes to its cellulosic ethanol business, formerly known as DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE).

  • DuPont Names Seven New DuPont Fellows

  • DuPont’s Koninckx Calls on Congress to Protect Renewable Fuel Standard, Continue Progress Toward a Biobased Economy