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DuPont breaks ground on Iowa biorefinery

Last week, DuPont has made a statement on its commitment to cellulosic ethanol as the company broke ground on its planned 30m gal/year biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa.

The $200m cellulosic ethanol plant is expected to be completed in mid-2014, and reportedly will be among the first and largest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world. The facility will use over 375,000 dry tons/year of corn stover for feedstock contracted from more than 500 local farmers

The corn stover will be collected from a 30-mile radius around the facility and harvested off of 190,000 acres. DuPont is also continuously working with Iowa State University to complete large-scale stover supply chain testing.

DuPont has contracted engineering and construction firm Fagen to build the plant while KBR Inc. will execute the front-end engineering, procurement and detailed engineering design for the project.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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