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  • Amyris Tops List of 50 Hottest Bioenergy Companies 0 comments
    Dec 7, 2010 12:03 PM | about stocks: AMRS, NVZMY, CDXS, PZE

    Renewable fuels and chemicals developer Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) took the #1 spot in the 2010-11 "50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy" rankings, published today in Biofuels Digest.

    Solazyme (#2), POET (#3), LS9 (#4), Gevo (#5), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (#6), Novozymes (OTCPK:NVZMY) (#7), Coskata (#8), Codexis (Nasdaq: CDXS) (#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, Petrobras (NYSE: PZE) and Abengoa Bioenergy.

    Amyris has emerged as a strong green investment. since its debut on the Nasdaq in September, share prices have risen from $16 to above $22.

    The rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in bioenergy development, are based 50% on votes from a 75-member panel of international selectors, and 50% 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              


    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
    Stocks: AMRS, NVZMY, CDXS, PZE
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