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Reform Energy: DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol

On October 30, DuPont opened the doors to the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world. The DuPont biorefinery, located in a prime agricultural location in central Iowa, is powered by corn stover—the leftover stalks and leaves of the corn plant—and will produce 30 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol each year. Cellulosic ethanol is one of the cleanest-burning fuels on the planet, reducing carbon emissions by 90% over traditional fossil fuels.

More than just a biorefinery, the DuPont facility is a blueprint for the cellulosic ethanol industry, proving at commercial scale that non-food feedstocks from agriculture can be a commercially-viable, renewable raw material to power the future energy demands of society. It marks the dawn of a new era in energy production, and delivers new opportunities for agriculture—both in the U.S. and around the world. Where will we #reformenergy next?

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GRAND OPENING CEREMONY

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DUPONT CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PROCESS

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THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD: MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN

DuPont’s achievement provides the technology that will enable a transition to fulfill the original cellulosic ethanol volume targets as the US Congress intended when it passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005.

DuPont and America’s Renewable Future released new poll findings that suggested Iowa caucus-goers from both parties would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports the Renewable Fuel Standard. 

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