As the year comes to a close, so have a few more funding deals, making up a last-minute trickle of announcements during the past week.

Here are some of 2007's last deals:




  • Ambene Biocarburantes, a Spanish biofuel group, raised €16 million from French buyout company Demeter, according to Clean Ventures.
  • Ethos, a company developing sugarcane-based ethanol projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Khosla Ventures and GreatPoint Ventures, according to VentureWire (via Cleantech Investing).
  • Norske Skog, a Norwegian paper manufacturer, said it will invest between 100 million and 200 million Norwegian kroners (about $17.9 million to $35.8 million) in a joint venture with the Norwegian Forest Owners Association to produce biofuels from wood (see press release). The money will go toward a pilot plant in Honefoss, Norway. The venture also plans to build a larger plant with the capacity to produce 65,000 to 100,000 tons of biodiesel annually, according to Forbes.
  • Schmack Biogas has raised €130 million (about $189.6 million) from private equity investor HgCapital (see press release and Biopact post). The German biogas company plans to use the money to build 12 to 15 biogas plants expected to have a combined capacity of about 30 megawatts.



  • San Diego-based Pyron Solar said it has closed a Series-A round of funding from New Energies Invest (see Solar Industry and Renewable Energy Access). Pyron, which is developing a utility-scale concentrating solar-electric technology, didn't disclose the size of the round, but did say it's developing projects in Spain and China and plans to build a pilot project in the United States.





  • Monsal, a company with anaerobic digestion technology for waste recycling, wastewater sludge treatment and the production of biogas for renewable energy, raised £3 million (about $5.9 million) from Matrix Private Equity Partners, according to Clean Ventures.