Issue Date: April 18, 2011
Rivertop Invests In Glucaric Acid
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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