DuPont breaks ground on cellulosic plant

By EPM Staff | January 16, 2013

Construction is now underway at DuPont’s 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa. The facility, which will cost more than $200 million to construct, is expected to be complete by mid-2014. Once complete, the plant will be among the first and largest commercial-scale ethanol biorefineries in the world. Original plans for the facility called for a nameplate capacity of 28.5 MMgy. Optimization work, however, allowed DuPont to increase the plant’s capacity.

The facility will take in corn stover as feedstock. To supply feedstock to the plant, DuPont will contract with more than 500 local farmers to gather, store and deliver more than 375,000 dry tons of stover per year. The company has spent three years working with local farmers to design and test a supply chain to bring stover to the plant gate.