DuPont Technology for Cellulose Ethanol in China Biofuels
New Tianlong Industry Co. Ltd. (NTL) plans to license technology from DuPont for use in what will be the People’s Republic’s largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant, located in Siping City, Jilin Province.
The licensing agreement is still subject to approval by the Beijing government. The Chinese company produces potable alcohol, chemical reagents and corn oil, among other products.
NTL’s corn refinery plants in northeast of China, one of the country’s biggest, also will use DuPont’s Accellerase enzymes to make renewable biofuel from the leftover biomass at Jilin Province's corn farms, leveraging the US group’s processing expertise. DuPont also will supply enzymes.
The end product, cellulose-based renewable fuel will supply the growing Chinese liquid biofuel market. Altogether, output is expected to exceed 1.7 billion gallons per year by 2020.