50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy, 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials; voting opens

September 20, 2012 |

The annual rankings competition opens up for the hottest companies in the sector; who will be #1 – who will get your vote?

New annual Biofuels Databook published for selectors; voting by Twitter introduced this year.

In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced the official opening of voting for the 2012-13 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2012-13, and 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials.

Selector voting is open to all registered subscribers of Biofuels Digest and Biobased Digest and invited selectors; this year, votes may also be cast via Twitter.

This year, votes will be weighted as follows: 45% based on votes received from the invited Panel of International Selectors; 45% based on votes received from registered subscribers of Biofuels Digest and Biobased Digest, and 10% based on votes received via Twitter.

Announcement of results at Advanced Biofuels Markets

Voting will continue through Thursday October 18, 2012 – and rankings will be announced on October 29, 2012 at 5pm ET, at the annual Advanced Biofuels Markets industry conference in San Francisco, followed immediately by a reception to honor the ranked companies.

Selector balloting

Selectors will receive their official ballots from Biofuels Digest during the week of September 17th, and must return them via email no later than 5pm ET, October 18, 2012. Selectors may cast one ballot in each each ranking competition (Hot 30 and Hot 50).

Subscriber balloting

Subscribers will receive a link to their official ballot in each e-mail newsletter issue of Biofuels Digest and Biobased Digest published between September 20, 2012 and October 18, 2012. Subscribers may cast one ballot in each each ranking competition (Hot 30 and Hot 50).

Twitter balloting

Twitter voting is open to all readers – to vote via Twitter, voters do not have to be subscribers to the Digest, and may cast a vote for the company of their choice by tweeting #bdigest Hot50 http://bit.ly/S93oFp (name of company)  for a Hot 50 vote, or #bdigest Hot30 http://bit.ly/S93oFp (name of company) for a Hot 30 vote. The remaining available characters in a tweet may be used in any way the voter wishes.

For example, “#bdigest Hot50 http://bit.ly/S93oFp John Doe Bioenergy is one-super hot company” is a valid ballot, but “#bdigest John Doe Bioenergy” is not (because it did not indicate a Hot50 or Hot30 vote). The #bdigest hashtag is required for us to track your vote – the bit.ly link will provide your followers with information about the Rankings.

One vote per day may be cast for any given company via a given Twitter account (but, for example, a voter may cast 10 different votes for 10 different companies, in one day).

Write-in votes

All companies that registered for the Hot 50 and Hot 30 Rankings are included in the Official Ballot, but if there is a deserving company that did not register for the Official Ballot, voters are welcome to cast a write-in vote for that company.

Official Selector Databook

Invited Selectors and Digest subscribers may receive a free download of the 309-page official Biofuels Databook, containing company, product and project profiles and a wealth of industry data.

The Databook details company overviews, company milestones, key future goals, key staff, descriptions of feedstocks, processing technologies, target molecules, and more.

The Data Book also includes all past rankings for the Hot 50, Hot 30, the 40 Hottest Partners in Bioenergy, and the Top 100 in Bioenergy. Links for downloading the Databook will be carried in every issue of the Biofuels Digest and Biobased Digest newsletters between now and October 29, 2012.

Voting criteria

Voters may judge for themselves what makes a company “hot”.

In our view, we believe that “hot” represents an ideal blend of visibility and credibility. Companies that are substantive but unknown may be credible, but they are not hot. Likewise, companies that are widely-known but hyped are visible, but not hot. Hot is not the same as “best” – nor is it the same as “popular” – and the Rankings are neither intended to be a popularity contest nor a quality rating system.

Prohibited voting practices

Voters may not attempt to spam the ballot box through deceptive practices, nor may competing companies organize spam balloting efforts. The Digest reserves the right to reflect any ballot it deems to be the product of a spamming campaign — or to cancel all ballots from that voter, or remove a company from the competition — and such a determination will be made in the Digest’s sole discretion, and its decision is final.

Prohibited voting practices include but are not limited to: creating multiple email or Twitter accounts in order to submit multiple ballots; using faked or borrowed email or Twitter accounts to submit multiple ballots in violation of daily ballot restrictions; or encouraging potential voters to create, borrow to otherwise use multiple email or Twitter accounts in order to submit multiple ballots. In general, any practice designed to prevent a fair ballot is prohibited, and may result in the suspension of a company from the Rankings or the cancellation of any and all ballots which the Digest, in its sole discretion, deems to be tainted.

Permitted voting practices

Companies or individuals may exhort colleagues, friends or the general public to vote for a deserving company – campaigning for a Hot 50 ranking is not prohibited so long as the voting itself is fair and ethical.

Voters are permitted to vote for companies they are personally, directly or indirectly, affiliated with.

Suggested voting practices

We encourage all voters to consult to 309-page Data Book before voting – it contains a wealth of information on deserving companies, and is designed to assist you in your evaluation process.

Last year’s rankings


1. Solazyme
2. Amyris Biotechnologies
3. Gevo
5. LS9
6. Novozymes
7. Enerkem
8. LanzaTech
9. UOP
10. ZeaChem

11. Codexis
12. Abengoa Bioenergy
13. KiOR
14. Virent Energy Systems
15. Sapphire Energy
16. Ceres
17. Coskata
18. DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol
19. Terrabon
20. Mascoma

21. Cobalt Technologies
22. Petrobras
23. Joule Unlimited
24. BP Biofuels
25. Neste Oil
26. Waste Management
27. Rentech
28. Qteros
29. INEOS Bio
30. Genencor

31. Genomatica
32. Shell
33. Synthetic Genomics
34. Chemtex
35. Algenol
36. Elevance Renewable Sciences
37. OriginOil
38. SG Biofuels
39. Cosan
40. HCL CleanTech

41. Fulcrum Bioenergy
42. Cargill
43. Chevron
44. Bluefire Renewables
45. Dynamic Fuels
46. Mendel
47. OPX Biotechnologies
48. Inbicon
49. Renmatix
50. Monsanto


1. Genomatica
2. Solazyme
3. Amyris
4. Gevo
5. LS9
6. Dupont
7. Codexis
8. Genencor
9. Novozymes
10. ZeaChem

11. Cargill
12. Cobalt Technologies
13. Waste Management
14. Ceres
15. Elevance Renewable Sciences
16. Dow Chemical
17. Enerkem
18. Coskata
19. OPX Biotechnologies

20. DSM
22. Myriant
22. Cosan
23. Mascoma
24. KiOR
25. DuPont Danisco
26. Virent
27. LanzaTech
28. POET
29. Metabolix
30. Honeywell’s UOP

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