MIAMI, FLORIDA - Renewable fuels and chemicals developer Amyris took the #1 spot in the 2010-11 "50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy" rankings, published today in Biofuels Digest, the online daily bioenergy news service.


Solazyme (#2), POET (#3), LS9 (#4), Gevo (#5), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (#6), Novozymes (#7), Coskata (#8), Codexis (#9) and Sapphire Energy (#10) round out the top 10. Ranked #11 through #20 are Virent, Mascoma, Ceres, Cobalt Technologies, Honeywell's UOP, Enerkem, BP Biofuels, Genencor, Petrobars and Abengoa Bioenergy.


The rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in bioenergy development, are based 50 percent on votes from a 75-member panel of international selectors, and 50 percent on votes from subscribers of Biofuels Digest and Renewable Chemicals Digest. Overall, more than 1,000 companies were eligible in the rankings and 301 companies received votes. Amyris Biotechnologies ranked #1 in the international Selector poll, while Solazyme ranked #1 in the subscriber poll.


Among the Hot 50, 37 were US-based companies and 13 were from other countries. Fifteen are active in cellulosic ethanol development (down from 19 last year), five are developing algae-based energy solutions (down from seven last year), and 16 are producing "drop-in" renewable biofuels such as biobutanol, renewable diesel, green gasoline and renewable jet fuel (up from 15 last year). Thirteen are developing capabilities to produce renewable chemicals.


Strategic investors such as Waste Management, Chevron, and Monsanto appeared in the rankings for the first time, while Shell advanced this year and BP Biofuels reached the top 20. DuPont was an investor in two top-50 companies, DDCE and Butamax.


New companies in the list this year include: Cargill (#36), Butamax (#38), Cosan (#40), Waste Management (#42), Dynamic Fuels (#44), KiOR (#47), Chevron (#48), and Monsanto (#49).


The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2010-11 are:


1. Amyris

2. Solazyme

3. POET

4. LS9

5. Gevo

6. DuPont Danisco

7. Novozymes

8. Coskata

9. Codexis

10. Sapphire Energy

11. Virent

12. Mascoma

13. Ceres

14. Cobalt Technologies

15. Honeywell's UOP

16. Enerkem

17. BP Biofuels

18. Genencor

19. Petrobras

20. Abengoa Energy

21. Qteros

22. Joule Unlimited

23. Shell

24. Bluefire Renewables

25. Rentech

26. Algenol

27. ZeaChem

28. PetroAlgae

29. Neste

30. Synthetic Genomics

31. LanzaTech

32. Iogen

33. OriginOIl

34. RangeFuels

35. ExxonMobil

36. Cargill

37. SG Biofuels

38. Butamax

39. Terrabon

40. Cosan

41. Verenium

42. Waste Management

43. IneosBio

44. Dynamic Fuels

45. Fulcrum Bioenergy

46. KL Energy

47. KiOR

48. Chevron

49. Monsanto

50. Inbicon

Biofuels Digest is the world's most widely read biofuels daily. The Miami, FL-based free online magazine and email newsletter has published more than 3,000 news stories on bioenergy in 2010, and serves 65,000+ newsletter and website readers in every UN-recognized country.


SOURCE: Biofuels Digest