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OriginOil Scales Up in Australia

MBD Energy Technical Director Larry Sirmans points things out to Riggs Eckelberry

Algae Industry Gets First Look at New OriginOil Technology

Townsville, North Queensland, Australia,17 August 2011: Delegates to the recent Algae World Australia conference toured OriginOil’s next-generation algae extraction technology at a university-staffed site featuring end to end algae production in North Queensland, Australia.

After the conference, an OriginOil team traveled to Tarong Power Station, near Brisbane, where they paced the new industrial demonstration site that MBD is now building to capture flue-gas CO2 from the coal-fired power plant. MBD has already committed to large-scale OriginOil Single Step Extraction™ systems to harvest algae at the one hectare site.

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Riggs Eckelberry presents on "Scaling Up – from the Lab to the Field" The audience at Algae World Australia 2011 MBD's new 50 meter algae growth bags at JCU. The tour welcome tent is in background. Algae inoculation bags at MBD's test site The MBD/JCU Welcome Tent for Algae World site visitors OriginOil's Michael Green in the harvest shed with MBD's Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux OriginOilThe graded layout for MBD's new one hectare demo site at Tarong Power Station. Incubation and Harvesting sheds in background. MBD Energy Technical Director Larry Sirmans points things out to Riggs Eckelberry at the Tarong demo site.

OriginOil CEO Riggs Eckelberry spoke at the conference and chaired the first afternoon’s sessions. He joined the conference visitors in touring the test site, which is operated by OriginOil’s strategic partner, MBD Energy, Ltd. (MBD) on the James Cook University campus (JCU) in Townsville.

“We were incredibly impressed by the professionalism that the joint MBD and JCU team showed in putting on this site visit,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “Next-generation algae production has been integrated into an end to end system for the first time, and we’re proud to be part of this effort.”

Australian television and press, including today’s issue of OBQ Weekly (pages 32-35), a major Chinese-language magazine, covered the event.

OriginOil looks forward to a continuing expansion of its Australia-based commercial initiatives.

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