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DuPont Partners with Domestic Chinese Firm to Establish Cellulose Ethanol Manufacturing Unit

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Published on : Jul 22, 2015

Chemical manufacturing giant DuPont is partnering with local Chinese firm New Tianlong Industry Co. Ltd. (NTL) to establish a new cellulosic ethanol manufacturing unit in Siping City of Jilin Province in China. The agreement between the two firms will see DuPont licensing its cellulosic ethanol technology to NTL. The Chinese firm will also use DuPont’s Accellerase enzymes for the production of renewable biofuel from the leftover biomass generated on the large corn farms of Jilin Province. The agreement will also let NTL to produce cellulosic renewable fuel. The agreement will be particularly beneficial to NTL to penetrate into the rapidly expanding liquid biofuel market in China which is estimated to be over 1.7 billion gallons per year by 2020.

According to Jan Koninckx, who leads DuPont Industrial Biosciences, the company is working with the leaders who share the vision of producing the next generation of clean renewable fuels. DuPont has established the largest and most advanced cellulosic facility in Iowa, United States. Jan further mentioned that NTL will be a strong partner for DuPont to work in China as the domestic company manufactures grain ethanol of superior level. Combining DuPont’s advanced technology to manufacture cellulosic ethanol will help China to realise the environmental and economic benefits of cellulosic biofuel.

The agreement was signed in the presence of representatives of both the organizations. Presently, NTL is working on to secure the necessary government approvals and support to implement the agreement. According to Sun Guojing, the general manager of NTL, the company is looking forward to work with DuPont to develop the biomass supply chain and produce fuel that reduces pollution and greenhouse gases. He further added that the agreement will help in NTL’s quest to emerge as a leading biofuel product supplier in China.