DuPont Accelerating Alternative Energy R&D, Commercialization
June 02, 2010
DuPont is accelerating its investments, driving innovation and commercializing market-leading products all to capitalize on significant market opportunities in the alternative energy sector, DuPont Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Thomas M. Connelly told investors at the Credit Suisse Future of Energy Conference.
"Generating and storing renewable sources of energy will be the fastest growing sector in the energy market for the next 20 years," said Connelly. "DuPont has a strong renewable product portfolio and is applying the power of its science to address finding secure, environmentally sustainable and affordable energy sources. Today we have over $2 billion of sales from products that serve alternative energy markets such as photovoltaics, biomaterials, fuel cell components, lightweight composites for transportation and energy-efficient materials."
DuPont has been at the forefront of innovation in photovoltaics since the industry's inception more than 25 years ago. Many DuPont products have set standards in the photovoltaics industry and continue to lead with their consistent high quality and proven performance. DuPont expects its photovoltaic sales to grow over 50 percent in 2010, and to exceed $2 billion by 2014. The company's continued growth is supported by new innovations that improve module efficiency and lifetime while enabling new photovoltaic technologies and applications, which ultimately accelerate the industry's drive to bring costs in line with other forms of energy.
"Through investments in materials, technology development and manufacturing, DuPont is accelerating its ability to deliver innovations that will improve the lifetime and efficiency of photovoltaic modules," said Connelly. "DuPont is uniquely positioned to bring new, advanced technologies for future growth in traditional crystalline silicon and emerging thin film photovoltaic segments. We also are investing in greater production capability to help keep pace with the fast rising global demand."
Connelly also provided an update on the company's rapid commercialization strategy in its Applied BioSciences business for a diverse portfolio of high-performance, renewable products.
"We are delivering solutions for renewable energy, renewably sourced materials and other bio-based technologies that are in high demand by the markets we serve," Connelly said. "Today, DuPont is in a strong leadership position with a robust pipeline of products, capacity expansions and partnerships to create global reach. We have ambitious targets and our pace is accelerating to deliver these products to the marketplace."
The company has set goals for the Applied BioSciences business of $1 billion in revenue and $250 million in pre-tax earnings by 2015. The business will do this by achieving strong growth in its BioMaterials and BioFuels units which range from renewably sourced apparel and carpeting to vegetarian omega-3 nutritional supplements, as well as new technologies to deliver low-cost cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol biofuels. The DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products facility in Loudon, Tenn., produces 100 million pounds annually of Bio-PDO and recently announced a 35 percent capacity expansion to meet increased demand. The DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol demonstration facility in Vonore, Tenn., is preparing this second-generation biofuel technology for market, while DuPont's biobutanol joint venture, Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, is preparing for start-up of its demonstration facility in the United Kingdom later this year.
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