Rivertop Invests In Glucaric Acid | April 18, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 16 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 16 | pp. 18-19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 18, 2011

Rivertop Invests In Glucaric Acid

Department: Business
Keywords: glucaric acid, biobased chemicals, start-ups, detergents, cleantech

Biobased chemicals start-up Rivertop Renewables will expand its laboratories and build a semiworks facility in Missoula, Mont., for producing glucaric acid from sugar. The company received $3.5 million in grants from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and the University of Montana. Rivertop will contribute $2.5 million of its own capital. The Department of Energy lists glucaric acid as one of the top 12 renewable chemicals of the future. One market for the substance is as a phosphate replacer in dishwasher detergents.

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