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
DuPont advancing cellulosic ethanol commercialization

Infographic: Commercializing Advanced Biofuels in Iowa


  • DuPont Industrial Biosciences Statement on Environmental Protection Agency Renewable Fuel Standards Rulemaking

    KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 25, 2015 – Brenda Heffelfinger, business manager, Grain Processing, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, testified today at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on the Proposed 2014 to 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards Rulemaking in Kansas City, Kan.

  • DuPont Statement on the EPA’s Proposed 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) Rule

    WILMINGTON, Del., May 29, 2015 – DuPont issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rulemaking as they work toward setting blending targets under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 later this year:

  • DuPont and Procter & Gamble Partner to Bring Cellulosic Ethanol into Tide® Cold Water Laundry Detergent

    Montreux, Switzerland, October 6, 2014 – DuPont and Procter & Gamble, global leaders in science and consumer products, today announce 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DuPont Wins Bioeconomy Leadership Award

    WILMINGTON, Del., May 2, 2013 — The Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC), today awarded DuPont with its 2013 Bioeconomy Leadership Award. 2013 marks the first year of this award, aimed at honoring an organization for demonstrated and sustained leadership excellence in advancing the development of the biobased economy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DuPont and New Tianlong Industry Co., Ltd. Sign Historic Deal to Bring Cellulosic Ethanol Technology to China

    Advanced Renewable Fuel Project will be China’s First

  • 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 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.



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