17 June 2009 21:38 [Source: ICIS news]
DENVER, Colorado (ICIS news)--US chemicals maker DuPont plans to launch large-scale cellulosic ethanol production in 2012 through a joint venture it has with Danish group Danisco, a company official said on Wednesday.
The unit will produce about 25m gal/year (95m litres/year) of ethanol and will use corn cobs as a feedstock, said Vonnie Estes, vice president of business development for DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol.
Estes said another plant, which will produce 15m gal/year of ethanol, is expected to begin operations in 2013.
That facility will use switch grass as feedstock, she said at the 25th Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW).
Estes did not disclose where the plants would be built.
DuPont Danisco is on schedule to launch cellulosic ethanol production at a demonstration plant in Tennessee in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The plant will have capacity to produce 250,000 gal/year of the biofuel.
Cellulosic, or second-generation ethanol, is produced from non-edible biomass, as opposed to regular ethanol, which is made from corn and sugarcane.
Under the RFS, 16bn gal/year of cellulosic ethanol will be needed to meet a 36bn gal/year mandate set for 2022.
The 2009 FEW began on Tuesday in
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