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DuPont Wins Award for Feedstock Innovation

26 March 2012

US - DuPont has won the 2012 Sustainable Biofuels Award in the Sustainable Feedstock Innovation Category for its Stover Harvest Collection Project.

This is a comprehensive research and scale-up project for DuPont Industrial Biosciences that significantly advances the cellulosic ethanol industry toward commercialisation and advances DuPont’s efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

DuPont received the award at the World Biofuels Markets 2012 Congress, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition focused on biofuels. The awards are designed to recognise innovation in the development of sustainable and renewable fuels.

The Stover Harvest Collection Project is a highly collaborative endeavor, involving experts in the field of agronomy from DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred business and Iowa State University working in conjunction with custom harvest equipment manufacturers and more than 50 local farmers.

The project provides key knowledge on the sustainable collection, transport and storage of corn stover for conversion to biofuel. Going into its third year, the project is expanding its reach in 2012 with a goal of involving up to 150 farmers and collecting biomass that will be used in its planned biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa.

"It is an honor to receive the 2012 Sustainable Biofuels Award for our Stover Harvest Collection Project," said James C. Collins, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences.

"We recognise that a reliable, sustainable source of biomass is critical to the success of advanced biofuels. Our collaborative approach involving growers, researchers, environmental organisations and government ensures we'll be able to meet the needs of the evolving market sustainably while creating new opportunities for rural America."

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