Solazyme took the #1 spot in the 2015 “35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply” rankings, announced today by The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily, at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedsrtocks Conference (ABFC 2015).
DuPont (#2), POET Biomass (#3), Renewable Energy Group (#4), Algenol (#5), NexSteppe (#6), Syngenta (#7), Genera Energy (#8), Waste Management (#9) and Chromatin (#10) rounded out the top 10.
Ranked #11 through #20 are Pacific Ag (#11), Sapphire Energy (#12), BioProcess Algae (#13), Ceres (#14), Cellana (#15), Raizen (#16), New Energy Farms (#17), Bunge (#18), Monsanto (#19), and UPM (#20)
The annual rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in fuels and intergrated biorefinery development, are based 70 percent on votes from an invited panel of distinguished international selectors, and 30 percent on votes from subscribers of The Digest. Overall, more than 100,000 individual company ratings were received from panelists and voters. The Rankings were spun out from the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy and the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy rankings. Intermediates such as industrial sugars were not eligible.
“Selectors and readers have been clear,” said Digest editor and publisher Jim Lane, “sustainable, affordable, reliable, available feedsock is the key to deployment in the advanced bioeconomy. So, we’re delighted to focus in on feedstock in these rankings, from the development of seeds and organisms right through to harvest, storage, and logistics.”
Algae-based companies dominated the rankings, plus large and smalldseed developers and key feedstock aggregators.
The rankings honor “optimal combinations of visibility and credibility” — many exciting technologies, preferring to remain to some degree in “stealth mode” do not figure highly in the rankings until their visibility increases for noters.
Among the Hot 35, 35 were US-based companies and 15 were from other countries – last year, 12 companies from outside the US made the list. 26 are active in cellulosic biofuuels development (up from 20 last year), and 19 are producing “drop-in” renewable biofuels such as biobutanol, renewable diesel, green gasoline and renewable jet fuel (up from 15).
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The 35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Aggregation in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2015 are:
|4||Renewable Energy Group|
|17||New Energy Farms|