DuPont opens world’s biggest biofuels refinery in Iowa — VIDEO
NEVADA, Iowa — DuPont celebrated the opening of its new biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa, recently. According to DuPont officials, the facility is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year of clean fuel.
The raw material used to produce the ethanol is corn stover – the stalks, leaves and cobs left in a field after harvest. More than 500 local farms located within 30 miles of the Nevada biorefinery will provide the annual 375,000 dry tons of stover necessary to produce the cellulosic ethanol.
In addition to providing a new revenue stream for farmers growing the raw material, the plant will create 85 full-time jobs and more than 150 seasonal jobs.
“Today, we fulfill our promise to the global biofuels industry with the dedication of our Iowa facility,” said William F. Feehery, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences in a news release. “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.”
“Iowa has a rich history of innovation in agriculture,” said 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.”
The majority of the fuel produced at the Nevada, Iowa, facility will be sold to refineries in California to help meet the state’s low carbon fuel standard, officials said.
The plant also will serve as a commercial-scale demonstration of the cellulosic technology where investors from all over the world can see firsthand how to replicate this model in their home regions. DuPont recently announced it will build a similar plant in China.
Image and video courtesy of DuPont