DuPont breaks ground on USD-200m cellulosic biorefinery in Iowa
Dec 3, 2012 - US industrial conglomerate DuPont (NYSE:DD) on Friday held a groundbreaking ceremony at it cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa worth over USD 200 million (EUR 153m).
The cellulosic biorefinery, due for completion in the middle of 2014, will have an annual output of 30 million gallons (114 million litres) of cellulosic ethanol. The facility is located in the city of Nevada.
The plant's capacity is bigger than initially planned because of the company's optimised process and technology based on data from its piloting facility.
DuPont's first commercial facility is to produce cellulosic biofuel from corn stover residues, which is a non-food feedstock, utilising the company's integrated end-to-end production system. The biorefinery will use more than 375,000 dry tonnes of stover a year, sourced from local farmers.