Background: This is a second round, West Regional match-up between #2 seed Codexis and #7 seed Rentech, 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: Codexis is the 9th ranked company in the 2010-11 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy poll. Rentech is currently #25.
The match-up: It’s Fermentation vs Fischer-Tropsch. Codexis took 66 percent of the votes in its first round battle with Propel Fuels. Rentech prevailed over BlueFire Renewables 57-43.
Codexis is producing enzymes for Shell for low-cost cellulosic biofuels, and producing low-cost renewable chemicals for itself. Codexis is increasingly aimed at sugarcane bagasse as a breakout feedstock available at scale, through the Shell-Cosan “Raizen” joint venture.
Rentech is commercializing a Fischer-Tropsch fuels and chemicals system that it will demonstrate in the next year and commercialize in Canada among other locations.
Deep Dive Data on Codexis and Rentech