DuPont Industrial Biosciences will contract with Fagen, Inc., to build one a commercial cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa. Fagen is a proven biofuels engineering, procurement and construction contractor that has built more ethanol plants in the United States than any other company.
During 2011, DuPont Industrial Biosciences purchased land adjacent to the existing Lincolnway Energy ethanol plant, which will enable potential synergies in energy and logistical management.
Fagen has constructed more than 85 ethanol plants and has recently entered into a collaboration with Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, for a retrofit project to commercially produce biobutanol.
DuPont had already contracted KBR Inc. to execute the front-end engineering, procurement and detailed engineering design work for the project.
DuPont Industrial Biosciences continues to work with Iowa State University to complete large-scale stover supply chain testing. This collaboration establishes best practices for supplying the planned Nevada, Iowa, biorefinery sustainably and economically. The company has already been operating a fully-integrated cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Vonore, Tenn., in collaboration with the University of Tennessee and Genera Energy.