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Cascade Investment of Bill Gates, Arch Venture Back Biofuel Maker Sapphire Energy

September 20th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in Algae-Energy-Investments, Algae-Energy-Products

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Algae-based biofuel is getting pretty big—at least as an investment. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that San Diego-based Sapphire Energy has closed a round of venture financing from Bill Gates’s investment arm, Kirkland, WA-based Cascade Investment. Sapphire Energy, which is working on oil-producing algae, has now raised a total of $100 million, and is also backed by Arch Venture Partners, Venrock, and Wellcome Trust.

According to the WSJ, Sapphire is working towards a 10,000-barrel-a-day algae-based oil facility, and can now concentrate on production and engineering problems. Meanwhile, Gates’s involvement may signal a broader interest in alternative biofuels.

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