IPOs and trends in bioenergy technology

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there has been a flood of bioenergy related IPO filings lately (11 this year and still counting). It’s a great way to see what technologies seem close to commercialization because when these companies file their IPO paperwork, we get to hear more about their technologies than normally is released in press releases.  Here is an excerpt from the latest company to file, Fulcrum Bioenergy (emphasis added):

“In collaboration with a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, we conducted an extensive review of more than 100 technologies and processes for producing large volumes of advanced biofuel and concluded that thermochemical technologies offered the most commercially viable solution. Based on this review, we developed a two-step process that consists of gasification followed by alcohol synthesis to produce ethanol from MSW. For the gasification step, we worked with InEnTec LLC, or InEnTec, to combine two gasification technologies into a single energy-efficient process to produce syngas from MSW. For the second step, we worked with Saskatchewan Research Council, or SRC, and Nipawin Biomass Ethanol New Generation Co-operative Ltd., or Nipawin, to integrate their thermochemical catalyst into our proprietary alcohol synthesis process to convert syngas to ethanol.”

Source: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/09/26/fulcrum-bioenergys-115m-ipo-the-10-minute-version/

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One Response to IPOs and trends in bioenergy technology

  1. Paul says:

    and here is a perspective on how all these companies are grouping and where they are heading:
    http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/09/27/the-third-way-advanced-biofuels-as-a-systems-of-systems/

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