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

  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

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES & PARIS -- December 05, 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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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 atwww.originoil.com.

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Abstract

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.

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