Biofuels Digest’s Transformative Technologies 2014 nominees, and voting page links

March 9, 2014 |

Which are the most transformative bioeconomy technologies?

In the Transformative Technologies awards for 2014, you decide.

In Florida, The Digest announced nominations for Transformative Technologies 2014, in which organizations are recognized for their impact in transforming a feedstock, a process step, a processing technology, a molecule — and in which plants, towns or industrial complexes, and states and countries are recognized for transforming their economies through the use of new technology.


Clicking on the links below will take you to the voting pages.

1. Transformation of an oilseed or tree

SGB — JMax jatropha

Agrisoma — carinata

Great Plains — camelina

Evogene — castor bean

Yulex — guayule


2. Transformation of a grain or grass

Ceres — sweet sorghum

Syngenta — Enogen corn

Chromatin grain sorghum

Algenetix-Alchimia giant miscanthus

NexSteppe — sweet sorghum


3. Transformation of a microbe or algae

Sapphire Energy — algae

Proterro — cyanobacteria

Joule Unlimited — cyanobacteria

LanzaTech — acetogen

REG — e.coli bacteria

Calysta Energy methanogen


4. Transformative Gasifier 

Sierra Energy — FastOX gasifier

ClearFuels — HEHTR gasifier

Covanta Low Emission Energy Recovery Gasification (CLEERGAS)


5. Transformative Harvest, extraction or dewatering system

Sapphire Energy — DAF dewatering

FarmMax — single-pass cob collection

Genera Energy — biomass harvesting & logistics

Renmatix — Plantrose sugar extraction

OriginOil — Single Step extraction system


6. Transformative Pretreatment system

Sweetwater Energy

MBI (Michigan Biotechnology Institute) — AFEX3 packed bed ammonia fiber expansion

American Process AVAP and Greenpower+ systems

Mercurius Biofuels REACH system


7. Organic catalyst or enzyme

Novozymes Avantec, Spirizyme Achieve, Olexa cocktail

DuPont Accellerase Trio

Dyadic C1 expression system

Agrivida INzyme technology


8. Inorganic catalyst



Siluria Technologies



9. Conversion technology (gas)

Quadrogen Power Systems – BioGas clean up systems

LanzaTech — gas fermentation

Fulcrum Bioenergy

INEOS Bio gas fermentation

Ensyn — RTP technology


10. Conversion technology (liquid)

Beta Renewables — Proesa technology

Cool Planet Energy Systems

Mascoma — consolidated bioprocessing

Algenol — direct-to-ethanol process

OPX Bio — EDGE technology

Elevance — olefin metathesis

Clariant — sunliquid process

Inbicon — cellulosic ethanol process

Velocys — FT microchannel reactors

Chevron — rapid thermal depolymerization technology


12. Conversion technology (solid-state or supercritical)

Renmatix — Plantrose supercritical sugar extraction

Proterro — solid-state industrial sugars production

Edeniq — Cellunator


13. Transformative Molecule – biofuel

Butamax — isobutanol

Solazyme — Soladiesel

ARA — jet fuel process

Byogy Renewables — alcohol-to-jet


14. Molecule – biobased chemical

Phytonix – butanol

Gevo – isobutanol

Genomatica – BDO

Virent – paraxylene

Avantium – paraxylene

Rivertop Renewables – glucaric acid

Myriant – succinic acid

BioAmber – succinic acid

Amyris – biofene

DSM – DHA, glycerol/acetic acid

Allylix – novel terpenes


15. Molecule – transformative biobased material

DuPont — Sirona fiber

NatureWorks — Ingeo (PLA) fiber

Ford — soy foam seats, soy foam headliner

Solazyme — Algenist skin cream

Cool Planet — Cool Terra biochar

Accelergy — biofertilizer

UPM/Metropolia — Biofore Concept Car


16. Plant or integrated biorefinery

Renmatix – Kennesaw, Georgia

INEOS Bio – Vero Beach, FL

BioProcess Algae – Shenandoah, IA

Heliae – Gilbert, AZ

Gevo – Luverne, MN

Neste Oil – Rotterdam, Netherlands

BP Biofuels – Tropical Bioenergia, Brazil

Amyris – Brotas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

LanzaTech – BaoSteel, China

ZeaChem – Boardman, OR

Beta Renewables – Crescentino, Italy

Algenol – Naples, FL

Myriant – Lake Providence, Louisiana


17. Town or industrial symbiosis

Blair, Nebraska

Kalundborg, Denmark

BioXcell, Malaysia

Ames-Nevada, Iowa

San Diego, California

Sarnia, Ontario

Maabjerg, Denmark

Piricicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Loudon, Tennessee


18. State, region, or country

Iowa, USA

Champagne-Ardennes, France

Louisiana, USA

Sao Paulo state, Brazil

Hawaii, USA

2. Voting.

Voting pages will be established for each nominee at — all voting will be exclusively via social media this year. Once the voting pages are opened on March 10, readers will be able to Tweet, Like or Share any nominated organization in any category by clicking on the voting buttons provided for each page. Each tweet, like or share will count for one vote.

3. Announcement of winners.

Ballots will be open through April 18, 2014 — and winners will be announced a gala reception at ABLC 2014 — the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington DC — where the Transformative Technologies winners will be recognized and celebrated along with the Top 100 Leaders in Bioenergy, the winners of the 2013-14 Biofuels Digest Awards, and the winners of the annual Lifetime Achievement Award and the Global Bioenergy Leadership Award.

Winners will also be recognized in profiles at — as well as via an extensive PR campaign that will celebrate the winners and the spirit of innovation during the remainder of the calendar year.

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