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Publication ranks 'hottest' biofuels companies

Agriculture.com Staff 12/23/2008 @ 11:46am

Cellulosic ethanol pioneer Coskata took the number-one spot in the "50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy" rankings for 2008-2009, published this week in Biofuels Digest, a bioenergy news service. The list, publishers say, recognizes innovation and achievement in bioenergy development.

Among the top 50, 17 are active in cellulosic ethanol development, nine are developing algae-to-energy systems, and nine are producing other advanced biofuels or waste-to-energy technologies. The companies range from start-ups, funded by venture capital and corporate investors, to new divisions of established companies such as DuPont, Genencor and Honeywell.

Rankings were established by a Biofuels Digest panel, and reflected the importance of research or production achievements recorded by each company in 2008. Votes were weighted by industry and region to ensure a fair and broad representation of companies and technologies.

"Innovation in renewable energy is gaining speed," says Jim Lane, editor and publisher of Biofuels Digest. "A slew of advanced bioenergy systems are coming to market from some of the brightest biologists, chemists, agronomists and engineers in the world."

Cellulosic ethanol pioneer Coskata took the number-one spot in the "50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy" rankings for 2008-2009, published this week in Biofuels Digest, a bioenergy news service. The list, publishers say, recognizes innovation and achievement in bioenergy development.

The hottest 50 companies in bioenergy, according to Biofuels Digest:

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