Financing, Led by The Blackstone Group, to Support Commercial Trials & Global Deployment of Catalyst Technology
December 14, 2010 — CAMBRIDGE, MA & PRINCETON, NJ — Rive Technology, an innovative catalyst technology company, announced today the closing of a $25 million round of financing from leading energy investors. The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) led the financing with strong support from Rive’s existing investors, Charles River Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures and Nth Power. The funds will support commercial refinery trials of Rive’s catalyst technology and the deployment of the technology into the global refining industry.
Rive’s proprietary technology makes zeolite refining catalysts more accessible to hydrocarbon molecules, resulting in increased yields of transportation fuels and less coke. Refiners can profit from the improved catalytic performance by increasing production of high quality fuels and, due to the enhanced refinery-wide operating flexibility created by the coke selectivity, can also increase profits by increasing refinery throughput and processing heavier crude oil.
“The Blackstone Group is an important investor for Rive as we commence refinery trials and expand our staff in anticipation of commercial operations,” said Larry Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Rive Technology. “Blackstone has deep expertise in cleantech and energy investing as well as in the refining industry. Their commitment builds on our already strong investor syndicate.”
“Rive’s catalyst technology is on the cusp of commercialization, and the company is poised to have a major impact on the refining industry,” said Jamie Kiggen, Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Chief Investment Officer of Blackstone Clean Technology Partners. “We are impressed with Rive’s strong management team and innovative technology, which could greatly improve yields and profitability across the industry.
About Rive Technology
Rive is a provider of innovative materials–‐based solutions for catalytic and separations processes for the refining, chemicals, and biofuels industries. Through its Molecular Highway™ technology, an innovative materials science platform, Rive enables higher performing catalysts and adsorbents. Rive Is commercializing its Molecular Highway technology for the petroleum refining industry with W.R. Grace (NYSE: GRA) Through jointly developed refining catalysts. Refining catalysts powered by Molecular HighwayTechnology allow refiners to profit by increasing production of high–‐quality fuels and by processing heavier crudes. Rive Has raised a total of $47 Million from The Blackstone Group, Charles River Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures and Nth Power.