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OriginOil CEO to Address Algae Fuels Conference at World Biofuels Markets

Riggs Eckelberry to focus on scalability of algae production at the harvesting stage

Los Angeles, CA December 30, 2009 – OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Riggs Eckelberry, will address an audience of key industry executives attending the World Biofuels Markets Congress in Amsterdam on March 16, 2010.

The Algae Fuels Conference will headline Europe’s largest biofuels event, featuring presentations by Shell’s joint venture Cellana, Dow Chemical, Algenol, SBAE Industries, Sapphire Energy, Wageningen University & Research, The Carbon Trust, University of Sevilla-CSIC, A2BE, Aurora Biofuels, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, KIT Institute of Life Science Engineering, and chaired by the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) and the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA).

OriginOil’s Eckelberry will close the algae conference with a review of algae oil harvesting problems and solutions. Due to high costs and energy usage, algae harvesting is considered a major barrier to algae’s commercialization as a fuel.

“It’s clear that algae will be produced everywhere and not just in large central plants,” commented CEO Eckelberry. “That means harvesting systems must be portable, inexpensive and energy-efficient. I’ll be reviewing the challenges and new solutions in this most-vital area of large-scale algae to oil production.”

On 26 October 2009, OriginOil announced that its algae oil extraction system had reached the highest industry efficiency standards, while requiring very low energy inputs.

The Netherland’s Minister for the Environment will make the welcome address to the World Biofuels Markets Congress this year. Previous headliners have included former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Other keynote speakers will include the former Prime Minister of Norway, the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the current executive director of the International Energy Agency, and many more.

The World Biofuels Markets 2010 Congress will take place from March 15-17 at the RAI Congress Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For more information or to attend the seminar, visit The detailed event brochure can be downloaded here.

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