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Rivertop Renewables raises $26 million

2:38 PM MDT | April 9, 2014 | Rebecca Coons

Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT) announced today that it has raised $26 million to advance its renewable chemicals production technology. New investors include agribusiness giant Cargill and First Green Partners. Rivertop says its new partners represent...


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Canada's Lignol signs technology agreement with Korean firm for biodiesel plant in Australia

Lignol Energy (Vancouver) has signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) with M Energy (Seoul) to establish the framework by which the two companies will work together to restart Lignol’s 140-million liter/year biodiesel plant at Darwin...

Cool Planet closes series-D financing round on target

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Valero Renewable Fuels Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, announced today that it has purchased an idled corn ethanol plant in Mount Vernon, IN from Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. The plant has an annual production...

UK, US firms sign GTL manufacturing partnership

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UK firm signs agreement to build modular GTL plant in Kazakhstan

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Neste Oil, Dong Energy to collaborate on waste-to-biofuels technology development

Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) and Dong Energy (London) have joined forces to develop an integrated process to produce renewable diesel and aviation fuel based on agricultural residues, Neste announced today. Dong's Inbicon technology will be used in the first...

Aemetis commissions Indian biodiesel plant

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FSI halts renewable aspartic acid plant, citing economics

Flexible Solutions International (FSI; Victoria, BC) says it has halted production at its Taber, AB, renewable aspartic acid production plant, citing unfavorable economics given the decline in oil and oil-derived aspartic acid. The company says it continues...

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