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OriginOil Aquaculture Showcase Launch


Thermal, California, 30 December 2013: OriginOil inaugurated its Permanent Technology Showcase with a demonstration of its EWS Aqua Q60™ and EWS Algae A60™ models at Aqua Farming Tech, a sustainable fish farm in Thermal, Calif., located in California’s Coachella Valley.

To celebrate the launch of the showcase, OriginOil held a ribbon-cutting event featuring remarks by state Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez; Mayor Eduardo Garcia of Coachella, California; Kevin Kelley, general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District; and Dr. Thomas Ulrich, an OriginOil advisor and former group leader and principal scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. Riggs Eckelberry and Nicholas Eckelberry, OriginOil’s co-founder and inventor, also delivered remarks.

“Worldwide, more fish is now being farmed than beef,” said Riggs Eckelberry, president and CEO of OriginOil. “While this is good news, the aquaculture industry will have to address the environmental and operational problems it faces if it is to continue to grow, including the fact that fish is often farmed under toxic conditions. Our Coachella Valley showcase is intended to serve as a living demonstration of the feasibility of clean, sustainable aquaculture.”

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The EWS Aqua Q60 commercial fish farming pond water treatment system can service 50,000 liters daily while consuming less than 20 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day (about $2.40 worth). The system is designed to reduce fish stress and improve yields, while sharply reducing or eliminating the need for chemicals and antibiotics.

The EWS Algae A60 is a mid-scale harvester that can process up to 60 liters (16 gallons) per minute of algae water. Individual EWS Algae A60 units can be assigned to manage a pond or bioreactor assembly of up to 500,000 liters. Units can be combined to achieve massive parallel processing capability. The unit removes 99 percent of the water to produce an algae concentrate. Algae-based fish feed costs up to 60 to 70 percent less than traditional fish feed.

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