An Amyris pilot
plant for one of
its renewable fuel
development projects
Florida, USA — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 08 December 2010 – American renewable fuels and chemicals developer Amyris has taken the number one spot in the 2010-11 international “50 Hottest Companies in Bio-energy” rankings, published in the online daily bio-energy news service, Bio-fuels Digest.

The rankings, which recognise innovation and achievement in bio-energy development, are based 50% on votes from a 75-member panel of international selectors, and 50% on votes from subscribers to Bio-fuels Digest and Renewable Chemicals Digest.

Following Amyris in order, the remainder of the top 10 comprises: Solazyme, POET, LS9, Gevo, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, Novozymes, Coskata, Codexis, and Sapphire Energy.

Of the Hot 50 companies, 37 were US-based and 13 were from other countries. 15 are active in cellulosic ethanol development, five are developing algae-based energy solutions, and 16 are producing “drop-in” renewable bio-fuels such as bio-butanol, renewable diesel, green gasoline and renewable jet fuel. 13 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 Bio-fuels reached the top 20. DuPont was an investor in two top-50 companies, DDCE and Butamax.

Overall, more than 1 000 companies were eligible in the rankings, and 301 companies received votes. Amyris Biotechnologies ranked number one in the international selector poll, while Solazyme ranked number one in the subscriber poll.