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Aquaflow sets sights on building its own refinery

Biofuel company Aquaflow is looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars globally to build itself a refinery.

According to a Fairfax report, Aquaflow is out to build a biofuel refinery and skip a previously-planned small-scale pilot plant, either in New Zealand, Australia or the US.

In 2006 Aquaflow announced it had produced the world’s first bio-diesel derived from wild micro-algae sourced from local sewage ponds. 

It has partnered with Houston-based CRI Catalyst, initially under a joint testing and evaluation deal, and now as part of a technology cooperation agreement.

Aquaflow director and cofounder Nick Gerritsen said about 150 investors have put about $8.5 million into Aquaflow over the past six-plus years.

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