Generating Clean Energy with Algae

OriginOil, Inc. and Paris-based Ennesys are engaged in a joint venture to test OriginOil's newly-introduced entry-level Algae Appliance, the Model 4 unit, to convert algae into renewable crude oil. Located in the iconic La Défense complex near Paris, the program aims to demonstrate that algae can help achieve eco-sustainability for large building complexes.

OriginOil's Model 4 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. This low-energy process can help generate clean energy for a building complex while also helping with water purification.

"After building very large custom systems for our Australian project, we designed a standard, entry-level production harvester that complements our chemical-free, continuous flow, low-energy system," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil's CEO. "This unit is compact and self-contained, perfect for running algae test scenarios."

Eckelberry added, "Based on our in-house testing, we are confident that the Algae Appliance Model 4 is the quickest and most energy-efficient way to process algae water continuously into a useful algae concentrate."

Buildings are Europe's greatest source of energy demand, consuming 40 percent of all electricity throughout the continent. France has taken the ambitious step of mandating that by 2020, all new buildings must qualify as Positive Energy Buildings (BEPOS), requiring them to cleanly generate more energy than they consume, and to purify their waste water.

These regulations are seen as a major market opportunity for algae. In addition to being a source of clean energy and water management, algae absorbs large amounts of CO2, creating a carbon-neutral fuel that can eliminate equivalent amounts of emissions from fossil fuels.

About Ennesys SAS

A French partnership of UK-based incubator PJC and algae technology company OriginOil, Ennesys was launched in 2010 to meet the challenge of new European environmental regulations using innovative algae technologies. The joint venture focuses on urbanized markets, where high population densities and energy prices can give algae a major advantage for waste to energy generation. Ennesys is leveraging its extensive relationships in the large-scale French construction industry and its knowledge of EU carbon regulations to develop large-scale, viable projects for green buildings and other advanced algae projects. www.ennesys.com

 

About OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL)

OriginOil helps algae growers extract oil from algae for use as a feedstock for the commercial production of transportation fuels, chemicals and foods. In a single step, our breakthrough technology efficiently dewaters and breaks down algae for its useful products, overcoming one of the greatest challenges in making algae a viable replacement for petroleum. As a pioneer and the emerging leader in the global algae oil services field, OriginOil supports its core algae extraction technology with an array of process innovations for some of the world's most successful algae growers and refiners, just as pioneers like Schlumberger and Halliburton have done in the oilfield services industry.