Background: This is a second round, East Regional match-up between #2 seed KiOR and #7 seed Joule Unlimited Technologies, in the 2011 Transformative Technologies tourney, from Biofuels Digest.
Voting: Open to all Biofuels Digest subscribers. Voting links are in the Biofuels Digest daily newsletter. To subscribe (free), visit here.
The winner gets: Most votes advances to the Sweet Sixteen (round of 16), and a shot at the Biofuels Elite Eight.
The loser: Goes home.
Laurels: KiOR is the 47th ranked company in the 2010-11 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy poll. Joule is currently #26.
The match-up: It’s synthetic bio vs catalytic pyrolysis. Joule took 58 percent of the votes in its first round battle with Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol. KiOR squeaked by Butamax 52-48..
It’s been a huge year for KiOR – IPO, progress towards its first commercial facility in Mississippi. It’s a catalytic pyrolysis technology – the first to (reportedly) overcome the stability and upgrading issues that have plagued pyrolysis technologies.
Joule has been running hot all year – heading for commercialization of its technology as soon as 2012 with a full-scale demonstration.
Deep dive data on Joule