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Dupont Industrial Biosciences: a 5-Minute Guide

Jim Lane

Address:

1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19898

Year founded:

DuPont: 1802
DuPont Industrial Biosciences: 2011

Annual Revenues:

$38 billion (DuPont overall for 2011)
$1.2 billon (Industrial Biosciences unit for 2011)

Company description:

Last year, DuPont purchased Danisco and its Genencor unit and added their expertise into a new unit: DuPont Industrial Biosciences. This integration allows us to optimize DuPont’s bioscience technology and commercialization capabilities with Genencor’s biofuel enzyme technology.

DuPont is committed to being a part of the solution to develop renewably sourced biofuels. For close to ten years, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars and put our best researchers to work to find answers to the pressing global issue of increased need for food, feed and fuel. We have developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
  1. Improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products and crop protection solutions as well as through improved bioprocessing aids and enzymes that allow animals to get the most out of valuable ethanol co-products;
  2. Developing, commercializing, and licensing new technologies to allow conversion of cellulose to ethanol; and
  3. Developing and supplying advanced biofuels, such as biobutanol, a performance drop-in fuel easily integrated with the existing liquid fuel system.
In addition, as part of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, DuPont Pioneer helps farmers by delivering high-yielding products, supported with proven expertise and innovative services to meet growing demand from the biofuels industry. Pioneer offers more than 230 High Total Fermentable (HTF) ethanol hybrids that increase the fermentable starch content of corn plants for greater outputs. Many ethanol hybrids contain Herculex® insect protection traits to reduce insect damage to grain and help prevent molds and mycotoxins. This helps ensure a consistent supply of high-yielding, high-quality grain. DuPont Crop Protection further helps growers produce and maximize the yield and quality of biofeedstocks including sugarcane and corn with solutions that help reduce weeds and control insect and disease.

Stock: NYSE: DD

3 Top Milestones for 2009-12:

1. The launch of ACCELLERASE® TRIO™ in 2011 http://biosciences.dupont.com/fileadmin/user_upload/genencor/documents/AccelleraseTRIOProductLiterature_120719.pdf (and see product description below)

2. DuPont’s 250,000 gpy Cellulosic Ethanol demonstration plant in Vonore, Tennessee producing ethanol from corn stover and generating key data for commercial production (see details below) psychoanalyze

3. The Success of the DuPont Stover Harvest Collection Project http://www.ddce.com/news/120315.html (and collaboration description below)

3 Major Milestone Goals for 2013-15:

1. Commercializing cellulosic ethanol through the planned DuPont cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa (see below).

2. The licensing of the cellulosic ethanol technology produced at the DuPont Nevada, Iowa biorefinery

3. BioIsoprene™ Monomer: DuPont builds relationships to enable further pilot and commercial development of BioIsoprene™ monomer, to be used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber for tires and the potential for various other applications, such as specialty elastomers and adhesives .

Business Model (e.g. owner-operator, technology licensor, fee-based industry supplier, investor):
• Merchant enzyme supplier to ethanol/biofuel industry
• Integrated solutions provider in cellulosic ethanol industry through DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Program
Competitive Edge(s):

DuPont has a unique position in the industry because its offerings span farm, feed and fuel. For example, we are able to build on Genencor’s expertise in designing and operating cell factories, leverage Pioneer’s knowledge of production agriculture and relationship with growers, and apply DuPont’s capabilities in engineering and advanced materials.

Research, or Manufacturing Partnerships or Alliances:

DuPont has a 50/50 joint venture with BP Biofuels called Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels which is working to develop and commercialize biobutanol. Isobutanol is a molecule that is similar to gasoline, and can be readily dropped into the current liquid transportation infrastructure, without changes to the refiner or distribution. Biobutanol is deployed through retrofit of current ethanol facilities, so does not require building entirely new facilities. It also can be blended at a higher rate than ethanol into gasoline under current regulations. So far in 2012, Butamax has signed up seven existing ethanol producers with a total of 11 plants for its early adopters program to convert their facilities to biobutanol production. Butamax will begin retrofit of the first facility in 2013.

DuPont also has a partnership with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Through this collaboration, DuPont and Goodyear have been developing a first of its kind biobased process to produce isoprene (BioIsoprene™) from renewable raw materials.

DuPont’s Stover Harvest Collection Project involves collaboration with farmers, DuPont Pioneer biomass supply chain experts and Iowa State University, as well as custom harvesters and equipment manufacturers. It is focused on standardizing equipment and techniques for collection, transport, storage and pre-processing of stover, while ensuring stewardship of farms and achieving economics of the biorefinery. In 2010, DuPont began the project by partnering with six leading Iowa corn growers and conducting a pilot-scale stover harvest on 2,500 acres. The project has grown to partnering with more than 100 corn growers for 2012 and harvesting approximately 25,000 acres of stover, representing about one seventh of our first biorefinery’s annual commercial feedstock requirement.

Stage: (Bench, pilot, demonstration, commercial)

DuPont Industrial Biosciences currently operates a demonstration facility in Vonore, Tenn., which is producing cellulosic ethanol from stover and is generating data for commercial production.

The next step is the construction and operation of our commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont plans to break ground on that project later this year (2012), with a 12-18 month build out. Once completed, this will be one of the first commercial scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world and will generate 28 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels from corn stover (corn residues, including cobs, stalks, leaves).

DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol is also currently working with local farmers to build and scale up the supply chain for this biorefinery. DuPont’s Stover Harvest Collection Project involves collaboration with farmers, DuPont Pioneer biomass supply chain experts and Iowa State University, as well as custom harvesters and equipment manufacturers. It is focused on standardizing equipment and techniques for collection, transport, storage and pre-processing of stover, while ensuring stewardship of farms and achieving economics of the biorefinery.

Disclosure: None.

Jim Lane is editor and publisher  of Biofuels Digest where this article was originally published. Biofuels Digest is the most widely read  Biofuels daily read by 14,000+ organizations. Subscribe here.



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