Cool Planet surges into leads in Transformative Technologies 2014 early voting

March 18, 2014 |

Fresh faces and major players among the early leaders as voting gets underway.

In Florida, The Digest announced that Cool Planet is now leading in two categories in early-voting for Transformative Technologies 2014. The Colorado-based early stage company is ahead for Conversion technology (liquid) and Transformative biomased material. DuPont continues to lead for Organic Catalyst or Enzyme and its JV with BP, Butamax, is in the lead for Transformative molecule – biofuel.

Evogene, Ceres, Sapphire Energy, Sierra Energy, OriginOil, MBI, Enerkem, LanzaTech, Renmatix, Genomatica, and Neste Oil are also category leaders

This year, all voting is exclusively via social media this year. Once the voting pages are opened on March 10, readers will be able to (Twitter) tweet, (Facebook) Like or (LinkedIn) Share any nominated organization in any category by clicking on the voting buttons provided for each page. Each tweet, like or share counts for one vote.

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Links to the complete voting pages are here.

The leaders, by category

Transformation of an oilseed or tree: Evogene — castor bean
Transformation of a grain or grass: Ceres — sweet sorghum
Transformation of a microbe or algae: Sapphire Energy — algae
Transformative Gasifier: Sierra Energy — FastOX gasifier
Transformative Harvest, extraction or dewatering system: OriginOil — Single Step extraction system

Transformative Pretreatment system: MBI (Michigan Biotechnology Institute) — AFEX3 packed bed ammonia fiber expansion
Organic catalyst or enzyme: DuPont Accellerase Trio

Inorganic catalyst: Enerkem
Conversion technology (gas): LanzaTech – gas fermentation
Conversion technology (liquid): Cool Planet Energy Systems
Conversion technology (solid-state or supercritical): Renmatix – Paltrose supercritical sugars

Transformative Molecule – biofuel: Butamax — isobutanol
Molecule – biobased chemical: Genomatica – BDO
Molecule – transformative biobased material: CoolPlanet Cool Terra

Plant or integrated biorefinery: Neste Oil – Rotterdam, Netherlands

Town or industrial symbiosis: Sarnia, Ontario
State, region, or country: Louisiana, USA


The voting so far:

1. Transformation of an oilseed or tree

Evogene — castor bean

Yulex — guayule

SGB — JMax jatropha

Agrisoma — carinata

Great Plains — camelina


2. Transformation of a grain or grass

Ceres — sweet sorghum

NexSteppe — sweet sorghum

Syngenta — Enogen corn

Chromatin grain sorghum

Algenetix-Alchimia giant miscanthus


3. Transformation of a microbe or algae

Sapphire Energy — algae

LanzaTech — acetogen

REG — e.coli bacteria

Joule Unlimited — cyanobacteria

Proterro — cyanobacteria

Calysta Energy methanogen


4. Transformative Gasifier

Sierra Energy — FastOX gasifier

Covanta Low Emission Energy Recovery Gasification (CLEERGAS)

ClearFuels — HEHTR gasifier


5. Transformative Harvest, extraction or dewatering system

OriginOil — Single Step extraction system

Sapphire Energy — DAF dewatering

Renmatix — Plantrose sugar extraction

FarmMax — single-pass cob collection

Genera Energy — biomass harvesting & logistics


6. Transformative Pretreatment system

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

Sweetwater Energy

American Process AVAP and Greenpower+ systems

Mercurius Biofuels REACH system


7. Organic catalyst or enzyme

DuPont Accellerase Trio

Novozymes Avantec, Spirizyme Achieve, Olexa cocktail

Dyadic C1 expression system

Agrivida INzyme technology


8. Inorganic catalyst




Siluria Technologies


9. Conversion technology (gas)

LanzaTech — gas fermentation

Ensyn — RTP technology

Fulcrum Bioenergy

INEOS Bio gas fermentation

Quadrogen Power Systems – BioGas clean up systems


10. Conversion technology (liquid)

Cool Planet Energy Systems

Velocys — FT microchannel reactors

Elevance — olefin metathesis

Beta Renewables — Proesa technology

Mascoma — consolidated bioprocessing

Algenol — direct-to-ethanol process

OPX Bio — EDGE technology

Clariant — sunliquid process

Inbicon — cellulosic ethanol process

Chevron — rapid thermal depolymerization technology


12. Conversion technology (solid-state or supercritical)

Renmatix — Plantrose supercritical sugar extraction

Edeniq — Cellunator

Proterro — solid-state industrial sugars production


13. Transformative Molecule – biofuel

Butamax — isobutanol

Solazyme — Soladiesel

ARA — jet fuel process

Byogy Renewables — alcohol-to-jet


14. Molecule – biobased chemical

Genomatica – BDO

Virent – paraxylene

Avantium – paraxylene

BioAmber – succinic acid

Gevo – isobutanol

Amyris – biofene

DSM – DHA, glycerol/acetic acid

Phytonix – butanol

Rivertop Renewables – glucaric acid

Myriant – succinic acid

Allylix – novel terpenes


15. Molecule – transformative biobased material

Cool Planet — Cool Terra biochar

DuPont — Sirona fiber

UPM/Metropolia — Biofore Concept Car

NatureWorks — Ingeo (PLA) fiber

Ford — soy foam seats, soy foam headliner

Solazyme — Algenist skin cream

Accelergy — biofertilizer


16. Plant or integrated biorefinery

Neste Oil – Rotterdam, Netherlands

LanzaTech – BaoSteel, China

Heliae – Gilbert, AZ

Renmatix – Kennesaw, Georgia

Gevo – Luverne, MN

Amyris – Brotas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

INEOS Bio – Vero Beach, FL

BioProcess Algae – Shenandoah, IA

BP Biofuels – Tropical Bioenergia, Brazil

ZeaChem – Boardman, OR

Beta Renewables – Crescentino, Italy

Algenol – Naples, FL

Myriant – Lake Providence, Louisiana


17. Town or industrial symbiosis

Sarnia, Ontario

Ames-Nevada, Iowa

San Diego, California

Maabjerg, Denmark

Loudon, Tennessee

Blair, Nebraska

Kalundborg, Denmark

BioXcell, Malaysia

Piricicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil


18. State, region, or country

Louisiana, USA

Sao Paulo state, Brazil

Iowa, USA

Champagne-Ardennes, France

Hawaii, USA

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