Mascoma makes 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy list

Mascoma Corp. announced that it has once again made the top 10 list for 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2009-'10. The list, published in Biofuels Digest, recognizes innovation and achievement in bioenergy development. In total, more than 1,000 companies were eligible and 311 companies received votes. Rankings were determined 50 percent on votes from a 75-member panel of international selectors, and 50 percent on votes from subscribers of Biofuels Digest. Mascoma came in No. 10. In February 2009, Mascoma announced that its pilot facility in Rome, N.Y., had begun producing cellulosic ethanol. The demonstration facility has the flexibility to run on numerous biomass feedstocks including wood chips, tall grasses, corn stover and sugarcane bagasse. The company, in collaboration with its commercialization subsidiary Frontier Renewable Resources LLC has plans to build a commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Kinross Township, Mich., that will initially produce about 20 million gallons of liquid fuel annually.