OriginOil Partners with Aquaculture Producer to Study Impact of its Technology in Transforming $100 Billion Global Market

  OriginOil Partners with Aquaculture Producer to Study Impact of its
  Technology in Transforming $100 Billion Global Market

Initial testing indicates potential to reduce toxic ammonia levels by more
than 99 percent and expand use of algae for fish food

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES & CARLISLE, Pa. -- February 5, 2013

OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough energy
production process for the oil and algae industries, announced today that its
Solids Out of Solution™ (SOS) technology could help the aquaculture industry
reduce toxin levels and adopt algae as fish feed on a wide scale. Building on
its initial successful lab results, OriginOil has agreed to develop a
cooperative partnership with WeFeedUs, a Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based
aquaculture company, to test and validate OriginOil’s proprietary water
decontamination and algae harvesting technologies for aquaculture systems in
the field.

OriginOil researchers used a lab-scale SOS system to process water with total
ammonia content of approximately 30 parts per million (ppm), more than a dozen
times the limit for optimal fish production. In the test, the process reduced
this high ammonia content to less than 0.25 ppm in three minutes without the
use of chemicals, or more than a 99% reduction.

Under the intended joint research initiative, OriginOil will provide WeFeedUs
with the technology and expertise to control the amount of ammonia and
bacteria in onsite production ponds and scale its algae production. Similarly,
WeFeedUs will apply its deep expertise in sustainable aquaponics and
long-standing relationships with local universities to certify the
effectiveness of OriginOil’s technologies in improving the profitability of
aquaculture operations. The study is intended to determine the impact of the
SOS sanitizing and algae harvesting technology in transforming the $100
billion global fish farming industry.

“Using OriginOil technology, WeFeedUs believes it may be able to accelerate
aquaculture research and development and, ultimately, advance the
commercialization of a proprietary Algal inclusion, high-protein, high-value,
specialty fish feed,” said Mike Andrus, Co-Founder and Principal of WeFeedUs.
“It could also help remove excess ammonia, fertilizers and chemicals from
water, reduce the use of antibiotics, and decrease mortality rates.”

Andrus continued, “We are excited to be the first to test this technology
outside the lab to improve both the natural health of an aquaculture
production system and the quantity per volume ratio, while providing more
access to algae as a fish food source.”

“In 2010, the fast-growing global aquaculture industry farmed 60 million tons
of fish with a market value of more than $119 billion,” said Riggs Eckelberry,
OriginOil CEO. “But heavy toxin levels limit growth and are unhealthy for the
fish and the environment. We believe that we may be able to do something about
that. We also believe that we may be able to help this industry adopt algae
for feed on a much greater scale. It’s one of many secondary licensing
opportunities for OriginOil technologies outside the energy industry and we
believe this is a potential game-changer for the global fish farming
industry.”

According to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and
Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly half of the fish
food supply for humans already comes from aquaculture, and rapid depletion of
ocean fishing grounds is driving this figure higher. The advantages of feeding
algae to aquaculture species include increased growth and improved nutritional
value in the fish due to the high content of Omega3s in many algae species.

“These dual benefits of OriginOil’s SOS technology could have enormous
financial implications for the global fish farming industry,” said Jose
Sanchez, general manager of OriginOil’s algae division. “We are very excited
to partner with WeFeedUs to further explore opportunities that can increase
productivity and enable a more organic method of food production for
aquaculture operations.”

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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 partners with aquaculture producer to study impact of its technology
in transforming $100 billion global market; initial testing indicates
potential to reduce toxic ammonia levels by more than 99 percent and expand
use of algae for fish food.

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