How It Works: Second Generation Biofuel Conversion for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol
Since 2008, we have been developing an integrated solution for the commercial scale conversion of biomass into second-generation ethanol. At our demonstration plant in Tennessee, DuPont combines long-standing expertise in biorefinery design with an optimized technology package of novel enzymes and fermentation organisms, with the following outcomes:
- Demonstrated lower-capital integrated unit operations
- Achieving economic and environmental targets
- Produced stover-based ethanol used in many vehicles at the University of Tennessee
Converting Corn Stover to Second-Generation Cellulosic Ethanol at Commercial Scale
This optimized conversion process will be deployed at the DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol facility near Nevada, Iowa. Once fully operational, this corn stover-to-ethanol biorefinery will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually, and be one of the largest cellulosic biorefineries in the world.