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Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is the town of Vonore, TN. While it's not exactly the type of city that one would associate with cutting-edge cellulosic ethanol production, it is here that DuPont, the U.S. chemical company, is trying to buy Danisco's joint-owned facility for nearly $6 billion in an attempt to gain a fair amount of control over the U.S.' cellulosic ethanol industry.

BP, Dupont and British Sugar have made some announcements about their partnership to produce biofuels. In one hand DuPont plans to construct a biobutanol demonstration facility with BP. In addition, DuPont, BP and British Sugar will construct a 420 million liter ethanol facility

DuPont Biofuels Vice President and General Manager John Ranieri spoke at an investors conference in New York this week and said his company's biofuel strategy is helping bring alternative and more sustainable transportation fuels to the world. The three prongs of the DuPont's research are: making more ethanol from a set amount of corn, developing technology to make cellulosic biofuels, and setting up partnership with organizations like the U.S. DOE, to bring biofuels to market.

DuPont Biofuels vice president and general manager John Ranieri spoke at the World Biofuels Markets in Brussels last week, and said that DuPont's drive to bring "high-performance and environmentally sustainable" biofuels made from farm-grown feedstocks to the European market is still on track. Specifically, and as we've reported before, DuPont is focusing on biobutanol and grain ethanol.

A few announcements came out this past week from large chemical and energy companies about their ongoing shift to biofuels. First, DuPont is working on making ethanol from corn stover with new partner Broin. Corn stover is the single largest source of low cost cellulose in this country, but cellulosic ethanol from corn stover is just part of DuPont's overall biofuel plan. Other aspects include: "rapidly developing differentiated seeds and crop protection products that will enable greater biofue

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