OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of a breakthrough water cleanup technology for oil & gas, algae and other water-intensive industries, announced today that its Electro Water Separation™ system (EWS) can successfully treat liquid sewage directly at the point of origin, in commercial buildings. A prototype EWS Waste unit (the Waste Appliance™) now processes liquid waste at an urban algae demonstration site near Paris, generating clean, nitrate-rich water to feed algae grown on the building’s roof as an energy source.
“This prototype waste treatment system from OriginOil works perfectly, generating clean, fertile water for our algae systems,” said Jean-Louis Kindler, CTO of OriginOil’s joint venture, Paris-based Ennesys. “By utilizing human waste as a feedstock for algae energy, we are showing that urban algae production can meet many essential building requirements—energy generation and waste disposal alike—in a simple closed loop system.”
In the Ennesys system, human sewage is first separated into solids and liquids. OriginOil’s EWS Waste process then sanitizes the fluids and converts the urea into nitrates. The clean, fertile water is then fed into the algae tubes on the roof of the building, where algae grows and is harvested daily for energy.
“It may come as a surprise to many that it is actually just as easy to clean building sewage as it is to treat fish farm water,” said Nicholas Eckelberry, OriginOil co-founder and chief inventor. “What we learned in the Salton Sea area of California directly helped us succeed in France.”