DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) has announced that it will build a biorefinery adjacent to Lincolnway Energy LLC’s conventional ethanol plant in Nevada, IA. DDCE says it has entered into an agreement to buy land at the site.

Corn stover will be the primary feedstock for the plant, which will be one of the first commercial-scale facilities to produce fuel-grade ethanol from cellulose. DDCE is producing cellulosic ethanol at its pre-commercial facility in Vonore, TN.

“We’re producing cellulosic ethanol sustainably and economically today, and the market is
ready and interested to deploy large-scale biorefineries,” says Joe Skurla, chief executive officer.
“We are purchasing the site next to Lincolnway because it will meet the business needs for
our project, and provides potential economic and environmental synergies for both facilities.”

DDCE also says it’s launching a stover collection program to secure a cost-effective supply of feedstock for the biorefinery. The company is working with local corn growers to get commitments and collect thousands of tons of stover from Iowa fields this fall. It’s collaborating with Pioneer Hi-Bred and Iowa State University to establish best practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, and to assure the agronomic and environmental integrity of cornfields.

The plant is expected to be ready for commercial ethanol production in 2013, employing about 60 people.