Popular Science Honors OriginOil with “Best of What’s New 2012” Award in the Green Category

  Popular Science Honors OriginOil with “Best of What’s New 2012” Award in the
  Green Category

High-speed Algae Appliance helps enable clean energy production

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- November 14, 2012

OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough energy
production process for harvesting algae and cleaning up oil and gas water,
announced today that its high-speed algae harvester, the Algae Appliance™, has
been awarded Popular Science magazine’s 2012 Best of What’s New Award in the
Green category.

“For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and
amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge
our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Jacob Ward, Editor-in-Chief
of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honor,
and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − each a
revolution in its field.”

“Because algae lives in all that water and is so perishable, the algae
industry needs a breakthrough harvesting technology to make it in the huge
global energy and chemicals markets,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO.
“We thank Popular Science for recognizing that our proprietary, patent-pending
Model 4 Algae Appliance could be that breakthrough.”

Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations
to choose the top 100 technologies across 12 categories. Winners are featured
in the magazine’s annual “Best of What’s New” issue, one of Popular Science’s
bestselling issues of the year, on newsstands today. According to the award
website, “What are the qualities that earn a product a Best of What's New
award? Innovation and execution. Products that transform their category, that
solve an unsolvable problem, that incorporate entirely new ideas and
functions. We're looking for ideas that are revolutionary, not evolutionary.”

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About OriginOil, Inc.

OriginOil has developed an energy production process for harvesting algae and
cleaning up oil & gas water. Operating at the first stage of extraction, this
high-speed and chemical-free process can be embedded in other systems to
improve performance. Originally invented to solve the biggest problem in algae
production, it is now finding demand in oil and gas fracking and production
water cleanup, an immediate and fast-growing market that desperately needs
clean technology solutions. To learn more about OriginOil®, please visit our
website at www.originoil.com.

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Abstract

Popular Science honors OriginOil with “Best Of What’s New 2012” award in the
green category; high-speed Algae Appliance helps enable clean energy
production

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Contact:

Press Contact:
Antenna Group – a Beckerman Company
Jerry Schranz
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jerry@antennagroup.com
or
Investor Relations:
OriginOil
Tom Becker
Toll-free: 877-999-OOIL (6645) Ext. 3
International: +1-323-939-6645 Ext. 3
Fax: 323-315-2301
ir@originoil.com
www.originoil.com