DuPont Engages Fagen on its Way to Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels

DuPont is building one of the world’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.

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. Fagen is a proven biofuels engineering, procurement and construction contractor that has built more ethanol plants in the United States than any other company. 

“Our selection of Fagen as a partner to build our plant in Iowa marks the next critical step on the road toward commercializing DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol technology,” said James C. Collins, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences.  “We look forward to a strong collaboration.”  

During 2011, DuPont Industrial Biosciences purchased land adjacent to the existing Lincolnway Energy ethanol plant, which will enable potential synergies in energy and logistical management. DuPont’s unique field-to-fuel capabilities leverage the company’s strong foundation in science and operations including enzyme and fermentation technology and agronomic expertise from its Pioneer business.

Fagen has constructed more than 85 ethanol plants and has recently entered into a collaboration with Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, for a retrofit project to commercially produce biobutanol. 

“We look forward to working with DuPont to develop one of the first commercial scale cellulosic biorefineries in the United States,” said Aaron Fagen, CEO of Fagen, Inc. “We have worked extensively to help develop first-generation biofuels and DuPont has presented us with an exciting opportunity to expand the advanced biofuels industry.” 

DuPont had already contracted KBR Inc. to execute the front-end engineering, procurement and detailed engineering design work for the project.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences continues to work with Iowa State University to complete large-scale stover supply chain testing.  This collaboration establishes best practices for supplying the planned Nevada, Iowa, biorefinery sustainably and economically.  The company has already been operating a fully-integrated cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Vonore, Tenn., in collaboration with the University of Tennessee and Genera Energy.