NanoH2O Recruits Global Operations Veteran COO

NanoH2O, a manufacturer of cost effective reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, has appointed global operations veteran, Doug Barnes as chief operating officer. The business is backed by Oak Investment Partners, Khosla Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, Total Energy Ventures International and Keytone Ventures.

Keating Capital Puts $4M into Agilyx

Keating Capital announced Monday that it had invested $4 million as part of a $25 million Series C round for Agilyx Corp. Beaverton, Ore.-based Agilyx is an energy company focused on converting waste plastics into high value synthetic oil. Other investors in the Series C round include existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Saffron Hill Ventures, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, Waste Management, Total Energy Ventures International and Reference Capital.

Coskata Holds First Close on Series D

Coskata Inc., a developer of technology for the production of biofuels and biochemicals from biomass and waste materials, held a first close of its Series D round. The company did not disclose an amount for the round, but said that investors the Blackstone Group, Khosla Ventures, Total Energy Ventures International, ATV, Globespan Capital Partners, General Motors, Arancia and Sumitomo all participated. Coskata plans a final close of its round in the fourth quarter.

Elevance Renewable Sciences Inks $100 Million

Elevance Renewable Sciences, which produces specialty chemicals for personal care products and fuel markets, has raised $100 million in new financing. The Series C round was led by Luxembourg-based private equity group Naxos Capital Partners. Total Energy Ventures International, the venture capital arm of French oil & gas company Total, also participated, as did TPG Capital units TPG Biotech and TPG Growth. The new financing will be used for growth, and to open bio-refineries in Asia, North America and South America. Formed in 2007, Elevance is based in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

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