DuPont Opens World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Nevada, Iowa
November 11, 2015 - Issue #213View Full Issue
DuPont recently celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year of clean fuel that offers a 90 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to gasoline.
“Iowa has a rich history of innovation in agriculture,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “Today we celebrate the next chapter in that story, using agricultural residue as a feedstock for fuel, which brings both tremendous environmental benefits to society and economic benefits to the state. The opening of DuPont’s biorefinery represents a great example of the innovation that is possible when rural communities, their government and private industry work together toward a common goal.”
“Today, we fulfill our promise to the global biofuels industry with the dedication of our Iowa facility,” said DuPont Industrial Biosciences President William Feehery. “And perhaps more significantly, we fulfill our promise to society to bring scientific innovation to the market that positively impacts people’s lives. Cellulosic biofuel is joining ranks with wind and solar as true alternatives to fossil fuels, reducing damaging environmental impacts and increasing our energy security.”
The new DuPont facility will create about 80 to 90 permanent jobs and employ 150 seasonal employees, while collecting the plant’s feedstock from a 30 radius of the facility. When running at capacity, the plant will process on stover bale per minute, and yield 40 gallons of ethanol per bale.
To learn more about the new facility, please click here.