Biomass Feedstock Supply Chain Expertise

DuPont is driving research into the use of renewable feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production.

DuPont brings unparalleled knowledge of the feedstock supply chain through our DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection agronomists, deep relationships with growers and experience developing complex supply chains for seed corn and manufacturing facilities.

As a leader in advanced biofuels, DuPont is driving research into the use of renewable feedstocks including corn stover, energy crops and sugarcane bagasse, for cellulosic ethanol production.

While all cellulosic biomass contains fermentable sugars, some are more easily accessible for biochemical conversion than others. Feedstock choice is influenced by many factors, although gallons-per-acre, yield and sustainability are the ultimate considerations.

Collaborating on Feedstock Collection for Maximum Value

DuPont is collaborating with crop growers to establish a high-quality, cost-effective, sustainable supply of corn stover. Our Corn Stover Harvest Program will set the standard for localized, sustainable biomass collection, transport and storage. It’s a key building block in biorefinery development, including the DuPont 30-million-gallon commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

In addition to working with growers, DuPont offers business partners a full service licensing solution that is economic, efficient, sustainable and backed by DuPont science and know-how. This license solution includes feedstock supply consulting for a range of potential biomass. 

A Range of Potential Biomass Feedstocks

Agricultural biomass is a general term applied to plant matter that contains significant amounts of lignin (as distinct from grain, fruits, vegetables, etc.). In addition to energy crops like switchgrass and agricultural residues like corn stover, and sugarcane straw, DuPont is interested in developing range of biomass feedstocks to suit local conditions around the world.