China to license DuPont technology to build ethanol plant

Source: By Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015

DuPont said Thursday it will license its technology to construct the largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant in China.

As part of the agreement with New Tianlong Industry Co., DuPont said it will license its ethanol technology and some of its enzymes to produce renewable biofuel from the leftover biomass on Jilin Province corn farms. Details of the agreement were not announced.

New Tianlong Industry must still get the Chinese government to approve the deal.

DuPont, the parent company of Johnston-based Pioneer, is spending about $225 million to build one of the nation’s first cellulosic ethanol plants in Nevada, Iowa, using corncobs, stalks and other crop residue to make the renewable fuel. It’s scheduled to open this fall.

“As we bring online the largest and most sophisticated cellulosic facility in the world in the state of Iowa in the United States, we are simultaneously working with leaders who share the same vision of producing the next generation of clean renewable fuels in their region,” said Jan Koninckx, global biofuels leader for DuPont Industrial Biosciences.