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National Algae Association

On March 3, 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.

“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.

For Friday Appointments and Tour please contact:

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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.

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.

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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!

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