Despite big losses, Khosla keeps hope alive for biofuels investments

KiOR (KIOR) was among the week's big gainers (+64%) after biofuels believer Vinod Khosla redoubled his commitment to the company, personally pledging to fund up to $25M in cash to KiOR in addition to the $25M to come from his firm Khosla Ventures.

Investors have largely given Khosla’s three public biobased fuels and chemicals companies - KiOR, Amyris (AMRS) and Gevo (GEVO) - the cold shoulder, and biobased fuels and chemicals are still a small proportion of the U.S. energy pool, but Khosla hasn't wavered.

All three companies went public within the past four years, before opening their first commercial production plants, and all have plunged sharply post-IPO, but all three are now at a point where they are producing out of commercial plants.

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  • anomaly1
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    isobutanol has the best opportunity (GEVO)


    KIOR cost for production if far from profitable


    AMRS is out of cash and can't sell biofuel
    27 Sep 2013, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • jrs03n
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    I know IBA has a lot of advantages. But aren't there some petroleum derivative markets (asphalt, certain types of polymers, etc) that are left out, while KiOR's crude oil can hit them all?
    29 Sep 2013, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • Thomas Almond
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    Burned Down the Rumor Mill
    30 Oct 2013, 07:33 AM Reply Like
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