DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol

Cellulosic Ethanol Solutions for the Advanced Biorefinery

As demand increases for reduced dependence on fossil fuels, DuPont is leading development of more efficient, sustainable cellulosic ethanol production.

The ability to make fuel from locally sourced, renewable, non-food feedstocks makes cellulosic ethanol an effective strategy for reducing dependence on fossil fuels. With uniquely integrated technology and operational experience, DuPont is finding better solutions for producing transportation fuel from cellulose provided by corn stover, sugarcane bagasse and other crops.

Sugarcane bagasse is an attractive feedstock for customers that want to extract additional value by producing more ethanol and generate power from the lignin co-products DuPont technology can also be applicable to feedstocks such as high-biomass sorghum, wheat straw, switchgrass, sugarcane straw, and empty fruit bunch (palm oil process residue).

These solutions also include partnering with local growers and agronomic experts to develop sustainable feedstock collection practices and offering industry partners a comprehensive license package for producing cellulosic ethanol.

Equipping Leaders of the Cellulosic Economy

DuPont offers a full service licensing solution that is economic, efficient, sustainable and backed by DuPont science, innovation and experience. This license solution includes a technology package, technical support, biocatalyst supply and feedstock supply consulting.

Advancing Commercialization of Cellulosic Ethanol

With construction of a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, DuPont is leading the way for commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. The facility will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year when fully operational.

Benefits of Cellulosic Ethanol

  • Significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Business investment opportunities
  • Agricultural development opportunities
  • Renewable fuel produced from locally sourced biomass
  • More consumer options for fuel