DuPont to start up cellulosic ethanol plant by year's end

19 March 2009 20:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US chemicals maker DuPont plans to launch cellulosic ethanol production at a demonstration plant in Tennessee by the end of 2009, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

The plant is a joint venture between DuPont and Danish group Danisco and will have capacity to produce 250,000 gal/year (946,000 litres/year) of the biofuel.

Cellulosic, or second-generation ethanol, is produced from non-edible biomass, such as switchgrass, wood chips and corn stover.

The US will be required to use 100m gal of cellulosic biofuel in 2010, as mandated under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Under the RFS, the US will need 16bn gal/year of cellulosic ethanol to meet a 36bn gal/year renewables mandate set for 2022.

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