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OriginOil’s Breakthrough Harvesting Technology Spotlighted in Launch of French Urban Algae Program

Grand opening of Paris showcase facility demonstrates mechanical operation of algae production to treat building waste, generate energy

Los Angeles, California & Paris – December 5, 2012 –OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for harvesting algae and cleaning up oil & gas water, announced today that its Algae Appliance™ was spotlighted as a key process in the recent grand opening of an urban algae showcase near Paris, France.

The  grand opening of the showcase building in the iconic La Défense complex near Paris featured algae growth systems developed by Ennesys, supported by OriginOil’s Algae Appliance™ in the harvesting phase. 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.

“OriginOil has been incredibly responsive to our ambitious timetable”, said Pierre Tauzinat, Ennesys CEO. “With them, we are learning how to scale up algae for energy and wastewater purification in buildings. Their processes and expertise are greatly appreciated.”

“I congratulate the Ennesys team for rolling out an urban algae showcase in just over a year,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “That they have such strong support from French builders is amazing, too. We are very happy with our Ennesys partnership and look forward to helping them scale up their systems commercially.”

Paris-based Ennesys, in which OriginOil holds a founding stake, was engaged by large French developers to see if algae production could help meet France’s ambitious mandate that by 2020, all new buildings must generate more clean energy than they consume, and must purify and recycle water naturally.

As shown in a company video, OriginOil shipped OriginOil’s entry-level Algae Appliance to Ennesys in July. The entry-level unit is designed to process up to four liters (about a gallon) of dilute algae water per minute, intermittently or continuously, without the use of chemicals, into an algae concentrate (see specifications). This low-energy process can help generate clean energy for a building complex while also helping with water purification.

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