DuPont Chief Innovation Officer: Collaboration on Clean Energy Policies is Critical

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Innovation is Key to Delivering on the Promise of a Low-Carbon Economy

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Clean energy is a key market-driven commitment we’ve made to our customers around the world, and the Summit today helped demonstrate the level of collaboration that is needed to move forward and make a difference.

At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Ministerial, DuPont’s Chief Innovation Officer Thomas M. Connelly emphasized that a new direction is being set towards renewable energy.

“Today’s summit outlined the need for supportive policies from our lawmakers and global leaders, coupled with sound technologies from the private sector,” Connelly said. “We also have an opportunity to engage innovation, create green jobs, and perpetuate the use of wind, solar, and biofuels to replace petroleum.”

The Clean Energy Ministerial, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, brought together ministers and stakeholders from more than 20 countries to collaborate on policies and programs that accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy. The meeting emphasized that clean energy technologies can create jobs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, enhance energy security and fight energy poverty around the world.

“In the next 25 years, global energy consumption will increase by 60 percent. With the majority of this growth occurring in developing countries, it will be critical to find ways to collaborate with governments and other policy makers to bring clean energy technologies to market in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Connelly added.

For example, DuPont is committed to bringing solar energy into the mainstream by reducing the cost of current photovoltaic systems by 50 – 60 percent and improving system efficiency, lifetime and system cost with new technical centers and labs around the world. DuPont also is working to improve cell metallization that dramatically increases the efficiency of a solar cell, innovating to reduce material consumption, introducing new cell and module designs, eliminating the need for some materials altogether, and finding ways to make modules lighter thereby reducing the cost of construction and installation.

When it comes to biofuels, DuPont has developed and is scaling up production of cellulosic ethanol from non-food feedstocks such as corn stover and energy grasses as well as the advanced biofuel biobutanol, which has a higher energy density then ethanol and can be a drop-in fuel for existing transportation fuel infrastructure. The DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol demonstration facility in Vonore, Tenn., is preparing this second-generation biofuel technology for market. While the company’s other biofuel joint venture, Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels LLC, is preparing for start-up of a demonstration facility in the United Kingdom later this year.

“Clean energy is a key market-driven commitment we’ve made to our customers around the world, and the Summit today helped demonstrate the level of collaboration that is needed to move forward and make a difference,” said Connelly.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont ( is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

Tara Stewart


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