Voting opens for 2013-14 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy; 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials

August 25, 2013 |

Hot-50-logo-2013-14Voting begins in the annual rankings competition for the hottest companies in the sector; who will be #1 – who will get your vote?

Voting by Twitter expanded this year; Facebook voting added.

Hottest Industry Partners, Hottest Bioenergy Places; Hottest R&D Partners in Bioenergy now joined to the main competition.

In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced the official opening of voting for the  50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2013-14, and 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals and Materials for 2013-14.

In total, 98 companies were  nominated in the Bioenergy competition, while 68 companies were nominated in Biobased Chemicals and Materials.

Numerous Industry Partners, Places and R&D partners have also been nominated and will win votes as their partners accumulate them.


Selector voting will be open to all registered subscribers of Biofuels Digest and invited international selectors; this year, votes may also be cast via Twitter and Facebook — and via Photo Voting.

Subscriber ballots are distributed each day

Voting will continue through September 20, 2013.

This year, votes will be weighted as follows: 50% based on votes received from the invited Panel of International Selectors; 50% based on votes received from registered subscribers of Biofuels Digest and Biobased Digest (including votes posted via the Digest’s official ballot, Twitter or Facebook).

Announcement of results at ABLC-Next in San Francisco – October 10, 2013 – and gala event.

Rankings will be announced at ABLC-Next in San Francisco on October 10, 2013 at 6pm PT, honor the ranked companies, their R&D Partners, their Industry Suppliers, and the states and towns where they locate.

Selector balloting

Selectors will receive their official ballots from Biofuels Digest during the week of August 26th, and must return them via email no later than 5pm ET, September 20, 2013. 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 BioInvest Digest published between August 26, 2013 and September 20, 2013. Subscribers may cast one ballot in each each ranking competition (Hot 30 and Hot 50).

Voting via Facebook or Twitter

This year, each official nominee receives a dedicated page at All pages can be accessed by clicking on the “Rankings” tab at the home page.

Readers may vote for a company, via social media, by “liking” (Facebook) or “tweeting” the page, using the one-click tools that will be available on the page. Each “like” and “tweet” will count as one vote towards a company’s final count.

Photo Voting

This year, you may submit photos in support of your candidate company. The photo must be an original work (i.e. submission of the same photo by 50 people does not count, but 50 unique photos do), and must contain the name of the company you are voting for and the words “Hot 50” or “Hot 30”  — but otherwise can be styled in any way you like. Photos submitted to [email protected] or [email protected] will be added to each nominee’s Voting Page at

The Digest reserves the right to accept submissions for publication on the grounds of voting fairness and taste — Each photo submitted will count five votes towards a company’s totals.

Hottest Industry Partners, Hottest R&D Partners, Hottest Places in Bioenergy

For 2013-14, the Hottest Industry Partners will be determined via registration within this Hot 50 and Hot 30 competitions.

Industry Partners may register their companies as Industry Partners (for example, suppliers), R&D Partners (for instance, labs and research institutions), or as a Bioenergy Place (for example, a location of a pilot, demo or commercial facility or R&D or HQ site).

Every Partner or Place that has a registered affiliation with a Hot 50 or Hot 30 nominee will pick up ALL that nominee’s votes towards the overall, Partner and Place competitions.

For example, a Research Partner serving three companies that have, respectively, 1200, 1000 and 800 votes in the Hot 50 competition would pick up 3000 votes for itself in the R&D Partner competition.

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.

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, Facebook, Twitter accounts in order to submit multiple ballots; using faked or borrowed email, Facebook, or Twitter accounts to submit multiple ballots in violation of daily ballot restrictions; encouraging potential voters to create, borrow to otherwise use multiple email, Facebook or Twitter accounts in order to submit multiple ballots; of creating single or multiple “dedicated” email, Facebook or Twitter accounts (e.g., accounts with faked or empty follower accounts or follower accounts similarly established to create an appearance of legitimacy, established for no other useful purpose solely in order to submit ballots and influence the outcome of the competition).

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 or votes 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.

Last year’s rankings

The 50 Hottest Companies In Bioenergy for 2012-13

1 Solazyme
2 KiOR
3 LanzaTech
4 Novozymes
6 DuPont Industrial Biosciences
7 Gevo
8 Sapphire Energy
9 Joule Unlimited
10 ZeaChem

11 Honeywell’s UOP
12 BP Biofuels
13 LS9
14 Chemtex / Beta Renewables
15 Amyris
16 Virent
17 INEOS Bio
18 Enerkem
19 Abengoa Bioenergy
20 Ceres

21 Neste Oil
22 Renmatix
23 Coskata
24 DSM
25 Mascoma
26 Virdia
27 Codexis
28 Butamax
29 Waste Management
30 Petrobras

31 Elevance Renewable Sciences
32 Cobalt Technologies
33 Inbicon
34 Dynamic Fuels
35 Algenol
36 Fulcrum BioEnergy
37 Valero
38 EdeniQ
39 Rentech
40 Boeing

41 OriginOil
42 SG Biofuels
43 Cosan
44 Ensyn
45 Renewable Energy Group
46 Dyadic
47 OPX Biotechnologies
48 Bluefire Renewables
49 Catchlight Energy
50 Fiberight

The 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals and Materials for 2012-13

1 Genomatica
2 Solazyme
3 Myriant
4 Elevance Renewable Sciences
5 LS9
6 DuPont Industrial Biosciences (Genencor)
7 LanzaTech
8 Amyris
9 ZeaChem
10 Gevo

11 Virent
12 OPX Biotechnologies
13 DSM
14 BioAmber
15 Novozymes
16 Avantium
17 Codexis
18 Cobalt Technologies
19 Chemtex / Beta Renewables
20 KiOR

21 Segetis
22 Braskem
23 Enerkem
24 Joule Unlimited
25 Verdezyne
26 Waste Management
27 Ceres
28 Mascoma
29 Renmatix
30 Honeywell’s UOP

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