Algae industry gets first field look at new OriginOil technology

By OriginOil Inc. | September 07, 2011

OriginOil Inc., developer of technology to extract oil from algae, announced in early September that delegates to the recent Algae World Australia conference toured its next-generation algae extraction technology at a university-staffed site featuring end-to-end algae production in North Queensland, Australia.

OriginOil CEO Riggs Eckelberry spoke at the conference and chaired the first afternoon's sessions. He joined the conference visitors in touring the test site, which is operated by OriginOil's strategic partner, MBD Energy Ltd., on the James Cook University campus in Townsville.

"We were incredibly impressed with the professionalism that the joint MBD and JCU team showed in putting on this site visit," said Eckelberry. "Next-generation algae production has been integrated into an end-to-end system for the first time, and we're proud to be part of this effort."

Australian television and press, including OBQ Weekly, a major Chinese-language magazine, covered the event.

After the conference, an OriginOil team traveled to Tarong Power Station, near Brisbane, where they paced the new industrial demonstration site that MBD is now building to capture flue-gas CO2 from the coal-fired power plant. MBD has already committed to large-scale OriginOil Single Step Extraction systems to harvest algae at the one-hectare site.

OriginOil released a short video, "OriginOil Scales Up in Australia", featuring the conference, the site tour and the power station visit. Another video, "OriginOil CEO Presents at Algae World Australia 2011" covers CEO Eckelberry's conference presentation. The videos and a photo gallery can be viewed here.

MBD is regarded as being at the forefront of solutions for stationary industrial emitters such as power stations, smelters and refineries that securely and efficiently convert captured flue-gas emissions into oil-rich algal biomass via proprietary systems