On October 30, 2015, DuPont officially opened with is believed to be the world’s largest plant producing cellulosic ethanol. The plant produces ethanol from corn stover–that is, corncobs, stalks, and other materials remaining from harvest of corn grain. The plant, in Nevada, Iowa, is expected ultimately to produce 30 million gallons of ethanol per year, using an estimated 375,000 tons of stover from about 500 farms in the area. DuPont has said it plans to sell most of the plant’s product in California, which has a low-carbon fuel standard.
Source: World’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant opens, Des Moines Register, 11/1/15.
For more information from DuPont on the Nevada, Ia., plant:
DuPont Web site at http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/industrial-biotechnology/advanced-biofuels/cellulosic-ethanol/nevada-iowa-cellulosic-ethanol-plant.html.
For more information on cellulosic ethanol:
U.S. Department of Energy/Alternative Fuels Data Center, “Ethanol Feedstocks,” online at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/ethanol_feedstocks.html.
P. C. Badger, “Ethanol from Cellolose: A General Review,” pp. 17–21 in J. Janick and A. Whipkey (eds.), Trends in new crops and new uses, ASHS Press, Alexandria, Va; available online at https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-017.html.