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Nifty 50 in bioenergy

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Biofuels Digest this week released its annual Top 50 “hottest” bioenergy company rankings and renewable oils developer Solazyme took the #1 slot.

Rounding out the top 10 were: POET (#2), Amyris Biotechnologies (#3), BP Biofuels (#4), Sapphire Energy (#5) Coskata (#6), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (#7), LS9 (#8), Verenium (#9) and Mascoma (#10).

The rankings were based 50 percent on votes from a 75-member panel of international selectors, and 50 percent on votes from subscribers of Biofuels Digest.

Among the Hot 50, 34 were U.S.-based companies and 16 were from other countries, 19 are active in cellulosic ethanol development, seven are developing algae-to-energy systems, and 15 are producing “drop-in” renewable biofuels such as biobutanol, renewable diesel, green gasoline and renewable jet fuel.

Overall, more than 1,000 companies were eligible in the rankings and 311 companies received votes. Amyris Biotechnologies was ranked #1 by the international Selector panel, while DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol ranked #1 in the subscriber poll.

New companies on the list this year include:

BP Biofuels (#4), PetroAlgae (#16), Enerkem (#25), Genencor (#26), Royal Dutch Shell (#27), ExxonMobil (#29), Joule Biotechnologies (#32), Codexis (#35), Renewable Energy Group (#37), Rentech (#38), Praj Industries (#39), Neste Oil (#40), LanzaTech (#41), Solix (#44), Chemrec (#45), Terrabon (#47), Fulcrum Bioenergy (#48), SG Biofuels (#49), and Inbicon (#50).

Note the entrance of three Big Oil companies on this year’s list.

There’s also an expanded list of the Top 100 bioenergy companies.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

4 December, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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