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.”