50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy TRENDS: Microbial fermentation

December 7, 2010 |

Microbial 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.

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