Collaborating to Meet the Global Demand for Renewable Energy

From feedstock to fuel, sustainability drives DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol programs.

At DuPont, we believe it’s going to take many different solutions to meet the global demand for renewable energy.

As a global leader in advanced biofuels production, we are looking for innovators who can contribute to and benefit from our integrated technology program and commercial vision. These collaboration opportunities could include:

  • Establishing new cellulosic ethanol production sites
  • Participating in the cellulosic ethanol supply chain
  • Sharing management skills and knowledge
  • Design and delivery of production equipment and systems

If you feel your organization could help create mutual value, please contact us. (Please do not send confidential information via email.)

Current Collaborations

The Government of the Republic of Macedonia Joins Memorandum of Understanding with Ethanol Europe Renewables and DuPont on Cellulosic Ethanol

Our journey towards cellulosic ethanol and bioproduct commercialization has continued this momentum to reduce dependency on fossil fuels by announcing the recent collaboration agreement between Ethanol Europe and DuPont. This agreement includes the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, having joined a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate the development of a cellulosic ethanol and bioproducts manufacturing plant in the Pelagonia region of Macedonia.

This collaboration agreement brings together components for the preparation of detailed feasibility studies for a successful and sustainable plan to bring a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant to the European market, for both advanced biofuels and bioplastics.

DuPont and Procter & Gamble

DuPont and Procter & Gamble recently announced a collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide® laundry detergent, a first of its kind.  Tide Cold Water will be the first brand in the world to blend cellulosic ethanol in a scalable and commercial way. Ethanol has long been a key ingredient in the Tide® formulation, allowing for stability of the detergent formula and better washing performance. The substitution of the current corn based ethanol with cellulosic is the latest innovation in the companies’ 30-year partnership, making it easier for consumers to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives.

DuPont will produce this renewable, cellulosic ethanol at the company’s new biorefinery, currently under construction in Nevada, Iowa. Once completed, the plant will be the world’s largest bioethanol refinery, producing 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year – a process with zero net carbon emissions.

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative (UTBI) is a state-sponsored plan that aims to:

  • Decrease our dependence on imported oil
  • Generate rural economic development
  • Increase domestic energy production in Tennessee
  • Jump-start a new bioenergy industry in the state

Building on the success of the DuPont demonstration scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Vonore, Tennessee, the facility will convert from corn stover to switchgrass. Key advantages to using switchgrass as the primary feedstock are that it requires little rain and is harvested during the winter months of the agricultural calendar.

Genera Energy

Genera Energy was formed in 2008 by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation to implement the business operations of the University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative.

DuPont has been working with Genera in Vonore to optimize and develop cost-effective production technology of advanced biofuels. Ethanol produced in Vonore is being used to operate a University of Tennessee motor pool fleet of 250 flex-fuel minivans.

Iowa corn growers and Iowa State University

Since 2010, DuPont has collaborated with central Iowa corn growers, harvest service experts, several equipment manufacturers and Iowa State University to research and optimize collection, transport and storage of biomass in the form of corn stover. Learn more about our Corn Stover Harvest Program.

In 2012, DuPont began construction of a new commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. Expected to be online within the coming months, the biorefinery will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol from non-food biomass such as corn stover each year.

Fuels America

DuPont supports Fuels America, a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America. Learn more at