The first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant will be built in Nevada, Iowa, later this year according to Steven Mirshak, Global Business Director for DuPont.
Cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from wood, grasses or the non-edible parts of plants. Mirshak says cellulosic ethanol offers farmers and consumers at large a number of important benefits: energy independence, a renewable transportation fuel supply, environmental sustainability and rural economic development opportunities.
The company plans to purchase the corn stover needed for the plant by contracting with farmers located within roughly a 30-mile radius of the plant.
In the following video, Mirshak provides additional details on this new program which he says will be expanded in Iowa over time as well as potentially implemented in other states.