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Global Sources of Cellulosic Biomass: An Introduction for Non-Scientists

A major focus today is the use of non-food feedstocks, known as lignocellulosic biomass, for the production of industrial sugars and fuel ethanol. Sources of this include corn stalks, saw mill discards and energy crops. These feedstocks are abundant but require advanced biochemical processes to release their sugars, which can then be converted to fuel or biochemicals.

Interactive Map: Global Sources of Biomass

Explore the interactive map below to uncover the landscape of renewable biomass sources around the world—from their unique composition to the market forces shaping demand for next generation biofuels.


INFOGRAPHIC: Making Cellulosic Ethanol a Reality

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DuPont is constructing a production-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Iowa, USA. The source of biomass will be corn stover (non-edible stalks and leaves), and  the biorefinery will use Accellerase® enzymes. 

How Do Enzymes Work?

Enzymes are proteins found in all living things that help to catalyze - or speed up - biochemical reactions. Enzyme technology like Accellerase® helps to release the C5 and C6 sugars present in ligno-cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass or sugarcane bagasse. Learn more.