25 hot molecules, plus the hottest global policy initiatives — the coolest slides from from ABLC

April 27, 2014 |


Today: Iogen, Butamax, POET, OPX Bio, Green Biologics, Mascoma and more – their molecules, their markets, how they offer transformation beyond petroleum.

Experts from Iogen, Butamax, POET, OPX Bio, Green Biologics. Mascoma, the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials, the UN’s Renewable Reserves Accounting project, and Eastman Business Park were among the highlight presenters at ABLC, the annual bioeconomy leadership conference in Washington, DC.

Digest columnist Douglas L. Faulkner also offered a sobering assessment on policy — pointing towards a “ten-year window” to deploy technologies and still enjoy strong Federal support.

In a special supplement, today’s highlight package includes the complete download for our look at 17 different renewable chemicals companies — out “Hot Molecules” session that proved to be resoundingly popular with delegates delighting in the pointed comments made by renowned industry consultants — Nexant’s Ron Cascone and Dodds & Associates’ David Dodds — as they looked at the companies public progress to date, the markets for their molecules, and how transformative these technologies may prove to be.

The download covers basic background information on Anellotech, BioAmber, Xalysta Energy, Cardia Bioplastics, Deinove, Elevance, Endophytics, FKuR, Global Bioenergies, Kiverdi, Myriant, NatureWorks, Novomer, Renmatix, Rennovia, Rivertop Renewables, and Segetis.

ABLC this year looked at disruptive change in technology, finance and policy — from the development of new routes to financing at scale through UN initiatives, to disruptive technologies coming to scale both in fuels and chemicals, attacking the barrel of petroleum, as it were, from both ends.

Here are selections from the hottest slides presented at ABLC.

1. Iogen

For this accustomed to thinking of Iogen in terms of Brazil or Canada — lookee here, they’re developing in Kansas too.


2. Butamax

How far along are the isobutanol technologies — how near to commercialization are these transformative technologies. Here. Butamax CEO Paul Beckwith outlined the milestones in a summary slide.



Barriers? The industry has faced so many down — but challenges remain. Here. Poet VP Doug Berven takes us through the landscape of key challenges as POET sees them.


4. OPX Bio

Is the perfect technology one that can utilize multiple low-cost feedstocks and make multiple high-value molecules. If you think so, you might be OPX Bio’s biggest fan


5. Green Biologics

More on butanol, this time n-butanol. Here’s Green Biologics president Joel Stone outlines the commercialization steps through 2016.


6. Mascoma

Mascoma — long-time wundeerkind of industrial biotechnology, now, with a clear path leading from immediate but smaller markets to longer-range but higher value markets such as fuels. Here, Mascoma CEO Bill Brady takes us through the landscape.

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7. The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

The UN? Here to help? Working on financing, policy and technology transfer to ensure sustainable energy for all — with a focus on sustainable biofuels for the developing work. Yes, yes and yes. Here, Gerry Ostheimer takes us through a High-Impact Opportunity in sustainable bioenergy — with an impressive roster of supporters.


8. The Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials

Sustainability – economic, environmental, social: a broad group of stakeholders have been working on these issues for years — lately expanding it to include small landholdings in the developing world — which have been the subject of most land-grab concerns.


9. The UN’s Renewable Reserves Accounting project

If there’s a ‘supreme challenge’ in sustainable bioenergy , it has to be the challenge of deploying technology without the assist of a big balance sheet loaded with the future value of all the energy projects, like fossil fuel companies enjoy. Here, to level the playing field, a group led by BPO, Shell, Total and DuPont have been working on measuring and defining “renewable reserves” in a way that can be transparently valued by stock markets — a huge assist in project development.


10. Eastman Business Park

Here, Eastman Business Park highlights the gap between where the public and private sectors have been historically active in developing technologies — not quite the “Valley of Death” that refers to financing new technologies at scale — but the scale-up of technologies and how to pay for advance, near-commercial research. Natrally, business parks loaded with partners and ready infrastructure will play a huge role, as Eastman does.


11. Digest columnist Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative”.

In his presentation “Sooner or Later”, Faulkner tips the possibility of a Grand Bargain on the Renewable Fuel Standard that will shorten the lifetime — a sunset provision — in return for more certainty for the near term, to get technologies developed and off the public dope.


12. The Big 17-company download

The download covers basic background information on Anellotech, BioAmber, Xalysta Energy, Cardia Bioplastics, Deinove, Elevance, Endophytics, FKuR, Global Bioenergies, Kiverdi, Myriant, NatureWorks, Novomer, Renmatix, Rennovia, Rivertop Renewables, and Segetis.

You can download the entire presentation free via biofuelsdigest.com, here.


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