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DuPont, Danisco JV breaks ground for biofuels facility

By Dorothy Lozowski |

The DuPont cellulosic ethanol joint venture (JV), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE; Itasca, Ill.; www.dupontdanisco.com), has broken ground for its first pilot-scale biorefinery and state-of-the-art biofuels research and development facility in Vonore, Tenn.  The JV has partnered with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, through Genera Energy LLC (www.generaenergy.net), to develop the pilot facility and the agronomic supply chain for switchgrass in Tennessee.  The facility will convert non-food feedstocks, including corn cob and switchgrass, into ethanol and will allow for commercial introduction without the need for demonstration scale testing.  It is expected to be operational in 2009. “We must have speed to market to make our efforts in advanced biofuels a reality, and this pilot facility in Tennessee is allowing us to move forward,” said Nick Fanandakis, group vice president, DuPont Applied BioSciences.  “We are committed to commercializing this technology for global markets on an accelerated schedule to deliver world-class, low-cost and fully integrated technology packages to convert non-food renewable materials into biofuels.” The pilot-scale biorefinery will…
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