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Cellulosic ethanol takes another step toward commercial processing


The president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences conceded that the event billed as a “ground-breaking” actually followed the physical start of construction on the company’s new cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. So Jim Collins re-dubbed the Nov. 30 event a “flag raising” and the Stars and Stripes were raised on a permanent flagpole outside the heated tent where he and others made their remarks.

Much of the ethanol used for fuel in the United States is made from corn, but cellulosic ethanol is a form of fuel made from non-edible parts of plants. DuPont, Collins said, has been working on cellulos...