OriginOil Removes up to 99% of Bacteria in Harvested Algae, Solving Key Barrier for Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

  OriginOil Removes up to 99% of Bacteria in Harvested Algae, Solving Key
  Barrier for Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

In 3rd party testing, OriginOil Harvester efficiently removes bacteria to
extend the shelf life of algae and revolutionize the industry by enabling long
distance transport and low cost processing

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- December 19, 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 harvesting process reduces bacterial
concentrations by as much as 99%. This could extend the shelf life of liquid
algae concentrate from hours to days, addressing a key problem standing in the
way of the multi-billion dollar algae industry. The results were achieved in
lab tests under an independent university research program.

The company released a video today illustrating the shelf stability
breakthrough.

“When you harvest algae by any other means, it begins to smell very quickly,
like fish,” reported Jose Sanchez, General Manager of OriginOil’s Algae
Division. “Bacteria and other invaders feast on the biomass, especially the
valuable oils, dramatically reducing the value of the crop within a matter of
hours.”

Sanchez added, “Based on in-house incubation tests, we can extend the life of
freshly-harvested algae from the present 10-12 hours to 12 days or more. We
believe that this has huge implications for our industry.”

Barry Cohen, executive director of the National Algae Association, agreed
emphatically.

Mr. Cohen said, “Bacteria are a key issue in the algae production industry, so
I know it's going to be a key problem to be resolved for our producers. It can
also affect feed, food, fuels, and other co-products made from algae — quality
is key to the end user.”

Executive director Cohen concluded, "Bacteria-free algae is a key component to
the algae production industry.”

“Our End to End Production Model shows that you need a lot of acreage to
afford on-site processing facilities,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO.
“Now imagine being able to make money even with a small algae farm! That can
bring entrepreneurs to the table who could help our industry really take off.”

In the study, an independent university team harvested algae from both open
ponds and closed systems, using a well-known centrifugal process on the one
hand, and OriginOil’s Algae Appliance on the other.

The samples were then sent to an FDA-audited laboratory for analysis. When
compared with centrifuging, the Algae Appliance reduced bacterial colonies by
98% in the case of open ponds, and 99% for bioreactors. The full report can be
viewed at a company link.

“The algae, which has thick cell walls, survives our process, while simpler
organisms are typically eliminated,” said Jose Sanchez. “We believe it’s an
elegant and economical way to sanitize cultures. We’ve already seen how our
Algae Screen™ process can keep algae free of invaders in the growth phase. Now
we know that there is concrete benefit at the harvesting stage too.”

OriginOil’s “Solids Out of Solution” process uses the company’s proven Single
Step Extraction™ to dewater algae, then a second stage to concentrate it. As
shown in the recent test, the combined electrical activity is responsible for
killing up to 99% of the bacteria and other organisms, while the algae cells
survive in a nearly sterile environment.

Extending the shelf life and increasing the quality of algal biomass may very
favorably change the economics of algae production, potentially generating new
applications for algae.

Commercial algae farms are often located in areas with lots of sunlight and
temperatures that exceed 32º C (90º F) in the daytime for several months a
year. This makes spoilage a real concern. OriginOil’s Solids Out of Solution™
(SOS) process could increase the shelf life of algae at these high
temperatures, allowing producers more time to process biomass into useful
algae products with increased quality and reduced product loss.

Algae decay depends on the amount of bacterial colonies per gram (CFU/g). Once
the number of bacterial colonies reaches a threshold, the algal biomass is
considered “rotten”. The shelf life of algal biomass depends on the initial
amount of bacterial colonies present in the sample and the growth rate of
bacteria for the specific bacterial colony. The growth rate of bacteria is
directly proportional to the moisture content and temperature. If the initial
amount of bacteria is lowered, then the shelf life of the biomass increases,
provided that temperature and moisture remain the same.

Algae is a multi-billion dollar, fast-growing market. The global market value
of microalgal products was estimated to exceed $6 billion in 2004 (Pulz,
Gross) and has grown greatly over the past decade. And algae biofuels
technologies, valued at only $271 million in 2010, are forecasted to grow to
$1.6 billion in 2015 (Algae Biofuels Production Technologies Worldwide Market
Research Report).

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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 removes up to 99% of bacteria in harvested algae, solving key
barrier for multi-billion dollar industry; in 3rd party testing, OriginOil
Harvester efficiently removes bacteria to extend the shelf life of algae and
revolutionize the industry by enabling long distance transport and low cost
processing

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