DuPont VP explains biofuels strategy in Brussels

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.

The three prongs of the company's research are: getting more ethanol from a particular amount of corn, developing the technology to make cellulosic biofuels, and partnering with other organizations - the U.S. DOE and DP, for example, to bring biofuels to market.

Those hungry for details will be fed after the jump.

[Source: DuPont]
DuPont Leader Reviews Strategy to Bring Next Generation Biofuels to Market

John Ranieri Addresses World Biofuels Markets Conference in Brussels

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Speaking as one of the keynote speakers at the World Biofuels Markets here today, DuPont Biofuels Vice President & General Manager John Ranieri provided an update on the company's initiatives to deliver technologies that use non-food agricultural feedstocks to produce biofuels as well as its efforts with partner BP to introduce biobutanol and advanced biofuels into the European market.

"Our bio-based materials strategy began with the premise that products must be both high-performance and environmentally sustainable to win in the global markets in which we operate today," Ranieri said. "DuPont has followed this strategy and is now delivering products with uncompromised performance that are also sourced from renewable, farm grown feedstocks. Biobutanol is a good example of improved performance and environmental sustainability for biofuels."

DuPont has a three-part biofuels strategy that includes: improving the yield of grain ethanol production through the research and technology expertise of subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International; developing technologies to convert other agricultural feedstocks and energy crops into biofuels; and discovering new technologies to make advanced biofuels with enhanced fuel properties.

Improve Existing Ethanol Production: The first part of DuPont's strategy is increasing yield per acre and enhancing ethanol yield of corn grain through biotechnology, enhanced and traditional breeding techniques, and ethanol yield prediction analysis of its corn hybrids.

Technology to Produce Cellulosic Biofuels: DuPont and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are jointly funding a research program to develop technology to convert non-food agricultural feedstocks into ethanol. This program is focused on corn stover - the leaves, stalks and cobs that are left in the field after harvest. The technology was licensed to Broin, the largest dry- grind ethanol producer in the United States. Last week, the DOE awarded up to $80 million in funding to Broin Companies to accelerate the construction of a commercial-scale bio-refinery at Broin's Emmetsburg, Iowa, facility. Ranieri outlined how the energy ratio - energy delivered to a customer divided by the energy used to create cellulosic biofuels - is greater than both the energy ratio for grain ethanol and gasoline.

Biobutanol Partnership with BP and Advanced Biofuels Pipeline: DuPont's partnership with BP to develop biobutanol is based on its strategy to bring advanced biofuels to market to expand the use of biofuels in gasoline. Biobutanol will be the first advanced performance product available from this partnership. It resolves fuel stability issues in that biobutanol-gasoline blends can potentially be distributed via the existing fuel supply infrastructure; it improves blend flexibility allowing higher biofuels blends with gasoline; it improves fuel efficiency (better miles per gallon) compared to incumbent biofuels; and, it enhances ethanol-gasoline blends by lowering the vapor pressure when co-blended with these fuels. Biobutanol is targeted for introduction later this year in the United Kingdom. Additional global capacity will be introduced as market conditions dictate.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance materials that provide environmentally sustainable solutions utilizing renewable, farm-grown feedstocks rather than petroleum. The company is committed to delivering new technologies to the growing renewable fuels and materials markets which includes improving biofuels production through improved seed and crop protection products; developing new technologies to allow conversion of cellulose to biofuels; and, developing next-generation biofuels.

DuPont - one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 16 years ago - has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment like biofuels. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets, including products based on non-depletable resources, like biofuels.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries and regions, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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