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OriginOil is a joint venture partner in Ennesys, a system integrator focused on algae production to meet the European Union’s environmental regulations. France in particular has mandated that all major buildings achieve a positive energy balance by the year 2020, and be able to treat their own effluents. Ennesys is working with Global 500 clients such as Bouygues Construction to develop waste water algae production as a means to comply with these new green building standards.

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The grand opening in late 2012 of Ennesys’ showcase building in the iconic La Défense complex near Paris featured algae growth systems developed by Ennesys, supported by OriginOil technology. Over two hundred attendees from the European construction industry viewed the operational system during the opening reception (photo gallery). Major media coverage came from Reuters and French national television. In mid-2013, OriginOil installed a prototype EWS Waste unit at the Ennesys demonstration site which can process liquid waste, generating clean, nitrate-rich water to feed algae grown on the building’s roof as an energy source.

In late 2013, OriginOil sold three of its non-core patent applications to Ennesys. The agreement followed a state visit by French President François Hollande in which the leader praised Ennesys as an innovative start-up with a technology ready to propel France toward meeting its ambitious renewable energy and green building goals.

In late 2013, President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande toured Ennesys, praising them on official television.OriginOil CEO Riggs Eckelberry and Ennesys CEO Tauzinat tour President Hollande.Tauzinat with the President previewing plans for Ennesys' urban algae system.Tauzinat showing President Hollande the Ennesys algae bio-reactor demonstrator on top of their showcase building in Paris.President Hollande and Anne Lauvergeon, President of the Horizon 2030 Committee, touring the lab.Flore Areas testing the first flat panel photo bio-reactor prototype in the lab.Riggs and the Ennesys team!


National Algae Association

In March 2014, Barry Cohen, Executive Director of the National Algae Association (NAA) announced that the NAA has added OriginOil’s Model A12 entry-level algae harvester to its permanent algae demonstration site in Houston, Texas.

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“Frankly, we were impressed,” said Barry Cohen, NAA Executive Director. “The OriginOil harvester immediately extracted a viable algae concentrate without any of the ‘splatter’ and other side effects that other methods can cause. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best way to harvest algae efficiently, without chemicals and without destroying it. We plan to spotlight this technology in the months to come as part of the essential toolkit of the commercial algae producer.”

NAA will demonstrate the operation and application of the A12 every Friday beginning in March:

  • Students will learn about algae farming and indoor biomanufacturing for fuels and co-products.
  • Algaepreneurs will learn about algae markets and potential new business opportunities.
  • Private industry will learn about new materials and high-value co-products.
  • Equipment lenders will learn about the importance of the algae production industry as a new emerging industry.

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Orca Vision

In January 2014, OriginOil announced that it has agreed to supply its water management solutions to Orca Vision Inc., a new East Asian urban farming venture backed by Orix Corp., Japan’s largest financial services and leasing company. Orca Vision Inc., a Japanese eco-solutions provider with sales in Japan, South Korea and China and a manufacturing facility in South Korea, will implement OriginOil’s EWS technology in a vertical farming pilot. In the coming year, Orca plans to expand the model to more than 100 locations.

Orca Vision will implement OriginOil’s EWS technology in a vertical farming pilot that will include both vegetable and algae production. Vertical farming is a way to deliver highly efficient production while greatly reducing distribution costs, since produce can be grown close to where it is consumed. Orca Vision’s urban farms are designed to use hydroponics to deliver high quality and nutrient-rich fresh greens in a “stacked” or vertical configuration.

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Catalina Sea Ranch

OriginOil and Catalina Sea Ranch have announced an agreement to a collaborative exchange of equipment and information on 15 April 2014. OriginOil will provide its demonstration-scale EWS Algae Model 12 system to Catalina Sea Ranch, which will use it to treat incoming seawater and harvest algae to feed its shellfish nursery and selective breeding program. Catalina Sea Ranch will provide independent data on the efficiency and use of the machine, and will give OriginOil access to its nursery for field research.

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“We are delighted with this partnership,” said Phil Cruver, CEO of Catalina Sea Ranch. “Southern California Marine Institute, where our shellfish nursery is located, has a sophisticated closed filtration seawater system, and we believe OriginOil’s A12 will help remove dissolved nitrogenous waste, biological contaminants such as algae and bacteria, and chemical contaminants such as heavy metals.”

Cruver added: “On the feed side, we are excited to use the A12 to harvest algae as feed for our nursery. This dual use is another first for Catalina Sea Ranch, America’s innovative deepwater shellfish program.”

Catalina Sea Ranch is the first offshore shellfish ranch in U.S. Federal waters.


Department of Energy – Idaho National Laboratory

OriginOil is currently providing algae growth and harvesting systems to the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to assist it in its task of evaluating competing algae-to-biofuels technologies for its grants and loans programs.

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Previously a group leader and principal scientist at INL, Thomas H. Ulrich, Ph.D is now coordinating these efforts as a member of OriginOil’s advisory board.



New Mexico State University

OriginOil has collaborated with New Mexico State University (NMSU) since 2011 on a project to monitor energy costs for OriginOil’s EWS Algae technology. OriginOil has donated two harvesting machines to NMSU’s “Energy Research Laboratory” program, led by Professor Peter Lammers.

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“We are trying to quantify the costs of harvesting using various approaches” said Professor Lammers. “A team in our Civil Engineering Dept lead by Prof. N. Nirmalakhandan is also interested in trying to develop a mechanistic model for the electroflocculation process. Current work is generating data to facilitate those studies. Chlorella sorokiniana is being cultivated at the NMSU algae cultivation testbed for these harvesting studies.”

The Carnegie Foundation categorizes NMSU as a Research University with high research activity. In terms of national recognition, NMSU consistently ranks in the top 115 institutions in the nation by research and development expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation, and is in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report Best National Universities rankings. NMSU’s Energy Research Laboratory is funded by two grants from the Department of Energy and another from the National Science Foundation through the “Energize New Mexico” EPSCoR Program (



Clean Water Technology

In May 2013, OriginOil announced it has selected Los Angeles-based Clean Water Technology (CWT), to manufacture the company’s Electro Water Separation systems. With CWT providing the manufacturing expertise and Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering providing the professional detail engineering expertise, OriginOil has built a strong commercial team.

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“At this phase, Clean Water Technology represents what we need in a manufacturer for the rollout and commercialization of this technology,” said Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil. “When we had to scale up fast for our Australian algae harvesting pilot program, CWT delivered. We’re pleased that they have found a way to manufacture these units quickly so that we can prove ourselves in the oil fields this summer.”



In August of 2013 – OriginOil announced that algae technology company AlgEternal will integrate EWS Algae into its commercial algae production platform for paying customers in the US and overseas as early as the fourth quarter.

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AlgEternal selected OriginOil EWS technology after exhaustive testing demonstrated that Smart Algae Harvester systems harvest algae at the highest level of efficiency, and effectively delivers a bacteria-free, live cell harvest. OriginOil’s contribution could be key to generating revenue for AlgEternal’s Commercial Agriculture Production Division, which is focused on the production of algal-based soil amendment products.

Morris added that in his view, with 55 years in the agricultural industry and 7 years growing algae, “The OriginOil EWS harvester provides the highest level of production in harvesting one would ever hope to see. The speed and volume capabilities are exceptionally high. This is, hands down, a must have for the future of the algae industry.”

AlgEternal’s patent pending, closed loop, Vertical Growth Module (VGM™), has undergone seven years of rigorous research and development improvements. The current system incorporates critical features including CO2 delivery protocol, maximizing the rates of CO2 capture, as well as an aggressive algal growth rate during all seasons of the year with temperature ranges from below freezing to over 100° F. Founder Morris chose OriginOil’s harvester to complement these capabilities in his end-to-end algae production system designs.

AlgEternal also worked closely with industry partner Georg Fischer Piping Systems, a division of worldwide leader for piping transport systems, Georg Fischer, LLC, to design and produce the VGM™ systems. All systems will meet Georg Fischer’s world-class QC standards.


Algasol Renewables

In September 2014, OriginOil announced that it will provide algae harvesting technology for the low-cost algae growth system from Algasol Renewables. The integrated system will launch at Algasol’s new facilities in Bangladesh — a unique, large-scale demonstration of micro-algae production for fish feed.

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Algasol Renewables estimates that algae can be produced for feed using its proprietary technology at industry-low prices, and is negotiating agreements for micro-financing to help large numbers of small farmers in the low-lying delta region of Bangladesh roll out this complete growth and pelletizing system.

“With our technology showcase in Bangladesh, we plan to demonstrate the feasibility of large-scale fish feed production operations capable of utilizing healthy and low-cost algae”, said Miguel Verhein, Executive Director of Algasol Renewables. “We’re very pleased that our long-time partner OriginOil plans to join us to equip the showcase with the company’s own Electro Water Separation process for algae harvesting for fish pellets.”

In May 2012, OriginOil and Algasol Renewables announced that they intend to collaborate on the development of an integrated algae growth and harvesting system. By bundling their products, the two companies plan to achieve new levels of cost and performance in micro algae cultivation for biofuels and high value products. Based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Algasol Renewables is a technology company with a unique patented technology for low-cost cultivation of micro algae for biofuels and high value products.