Brammo raises $10M for electric motorcycles

It may not sound as impressive as Fisker Automotive’s whopping $65 million haul, but Brammo‘s $10 million first round, led by Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, Best Buy Venture Capital (yes, you read that correctly) and others, is nothing to sneeze at. The Ashland, Ore.-based developer of the Enertia, a lightweight GPS-equipped, web-enabled electric bike that gets 35-45 miles per charge, says that the proceeds will be enough to allow it to go into production and deliver its first full product line, according to PEHub.

NanoH2O secures $15M for desalination

It’s a testament to how much traction the once dormant water sector has gained that desalination, not long ago considered a risky, prohibitively expensive technology, is getting second looks from some high-profile investors. NanoH2O, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based developer of reverse-osmosis membranes, is the latest beneficiary of this trend, announcing earlier this week that it had raised $15.05 million in second round funding from Oak Investment Partners and Khosla Ventures.

Roundup: Green chemicals get started, gaming is ubiquitous, MySpace Music slowed again, and more

Genomatica creates renewable chemical from sugar water — While most chemicals are petroleum-based, several startups are trying to create new alternatives. One of the first to succeed is Genomatica, which says it has a cheap process to make 1,4-butanediol, a component chemical of many common materials, from sugar and water, potentially disrupting a $4 billion industry. More on Genomatica’s process here.

Advanced Electron Beams promises a low-energy revolution for industry

Sometimes, a nice jet of flames is the best way to get a job done. More often, it’s not. Advanced Electron Beams, which just took a new round of funding led by General Electric’s venture arm, is a company that wants to help industries conserve energy by shifting away from traditional but wasteful practices, like burning or heating material with fire, to a more efficient alternative.

Data warehouser Infobright takes $10M

It’s no simple task to store terabytes of information. In addition to just keeping the data safe, companies often require analytics and upkeep for their stored info. Infobright, one of the companies that provides such services, has just raised another $10 million in funding.

Micro-inverters on the rise with Enphase funding

To a layman, electricity seems like a fairly straightforward proposition: It flows like water through wires and into gadgets, end of story. But the real story is a bit more complex, which is why Enphase Energy, a company that makes a device called micro-inverters for solar panels, has raised a new $15 million financing.

Eco-Products gobbles up $2M for compostable food items

With organic, locally-produced food items in high demand, it was only a matter of time before an enterprising startup or two took the next logical step: greening the supply chain. Eco-Products, a Boulder, Colo.-based maker of compostable food service supplies, has put the wraps on a $2 million first round of funding with Boulder-based Greenmont Capital Partners.

E-Commerce marketing co. ChannelAdvisor raises cash, trims staff

ChannelAdvisor, a company that lets online retailers manage product marketing across marketplaces such as eBay,, and a series of shopping comparison sites, has raised an additional $20 million, VentureWire reports. The company has also laid off 70 of the company’s 350 employees — including four vice presidents.

Nexterra raises C$3.8M for biomass gasification

Nexterra, a Vancouver, B.C.-based developer of low cost gasification systems, has wrapped up a C$3.8 million ($3.6 million) fourth round of funding, courtesy of Calgary, Alberta-based investor ARC Financial Corp. This raises ARC’s total investment in Nexterra to well over $19 million.

Xunlight raises another $11M for thin-film solar modules

Xunlight is on a roll: Only a few weeks after disclosing that it had raised $4.97 million from Ohio’s Third Frontier Projects, the Toledo-based developer of flexible, low cost thin-film silicon modules has secured another $11 million in third round funding from a group of institutional investors, led by Rabo Ventures. Returning investors included Trident Capital and Emerald Technology Ventures.

Europe's largest onshore wind farm is coming to Romania

Taking a page from T. Boone Pickens, who made waves when he announced that he was building the world’s largest wind farm in Texas, Continental Wind Partners and CEZ Group have concluded a deal to create Europe’s largest onshore farm, with a total capacity of 600 megawatts (onshore farms tend to be in hilly areas 3 km or more inland from the shoreline while offshore farms are 10 km or more from land).

Makani Power takes in $5M for high-altitude wind energy

Stealth startup Makani Power, an Alameda, Calif.-based wind energy company, has secured $5 million in second round funding from returning investor The 24-member firm, which is playing its plans very close to the vest, has only revealed that it is building huge wing-shaped kites to harness the energy from high-altitude wind.

Attero raises $6.3M for e-waste recycling

With the U.S. economy still in the doldrums, venture firms are increasingly looking abroad to capital-starved developing markets for new growth opportunities — with India and China quickly emerging as the main beneficiaries. Enter Attero, a Noida, India-based e-waste recycler, which has just snagged a $6.3 million first round cash infusion from VC heavyweight Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NEA-IndoUS Ventures, a Bangalore-based venture firm that provides early to mid-stage funding to Indian start-ups.