December 7, 2010

BioFuels Digest

50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy

ShareMicrobial fermentation is ruling the roost this year, with four of the five top companies featuring synthetic biology working off algae, yeast or e.coli platforms. Leading the way were Amyris #1, and Solazyme #2, with LS9 at #4 and Gevo at #5 right behind them.  POET  #3, of course is using microbial fermentation, though mot off a synthbio platform – as is Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol at #6.

Codexis CEO Alan Shaw recently declared that the future of his company rests in microbial fermentation, and saw CDXS rock up to #9.

Then of course there are enzyme companies Novozymes at #7, Verenium at #41, and Genencor at #18, with Cobalt Technologies at #15 and Butamax at #38 representing biobutanol technologies.

Qteros at #21 and Mascoma at #12 represented the consolidated bioprocessing “magic bugs”. Petrobras at #19 and Abengoa Bioenergy at #20 represented foreign majors.

Others looking at fermentation as a path to advanced biofuels include Coskata (which has a dual gasification-fermentation technology) at #8, Enerkem at #16, BP Biofuels with its Vercipia subsidiary at #17, Joule with its helioconverter at #22, BlueFire Renewables at #24, Algenol at #26, ZeaChem at #27, Lanza Tech at #31, Iogen at #32, Cosan at #40, Fulcrum Bioenergy at #45, KL Energy at #46, and Inbicon at #50.

In all, 29 ranked companies in the fermentation side of the processing technologies, compared to 27 last year.