Nevada, Iowa will soon be home to a new kind of ethanol plant. DuPont’s new plant will use corncobs, leaves and stalks as feedstock instead of corn in its production.
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Nevada will be the site of one of the world’s few next-generation ethanol plants, DuPont announced Monday.
The biorefinery will use corncobs, leaves and stalks as feedstock rather than corn. It will join a proposed Poet plant in Emmetsburg as Iowa’s two next-generation refineries, to go along with 40 corn-fed ethanol plants in the state.
To remain a leader in ethanol production, Iowa must find an efficient, cost-effective way to harvest the tons of biomass left on fields and turn it into biofuel. Federal renewable-energy goals will require refiners to use 36 billion gallons of ethanol a year by 2022, and much of it from sources other than cornstarch. Continue reading