Posted at Filtration Separation:
OriginOil Inc and TriSep Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of water treatment membranes, say that OriginOil’s Water Separation (EWS), combined with TriSep’s iSep ultrafiltration (UF) membranes can remove nearly all oil, turbidity, and bacteria in fracking and production wastewater.
The combined system, CLEAN-FRACTM 1000, incorporates both OriginOil’s EWS and TriSep’s iSep ultra filtration membrane. In tests with produced and flowback water, the system successfully removed oil, suspended solids and bacteria. Turbidity was reduced by 99.8%, total suspended solids were made undetectable, and oil in water was reduced by 99.2%.
CLEAN-FRAC integrates OriginOil’s EWS with a variety of “polishing” systems to deliver a wide range of purity levels that enable different reuse applications from re-injection into frac wells to potable drinking water. These systems include membranes, filters and resins. CLEAN-FRAC is commercially available as an integrated system for end to end solutions and at capacities up to 10,000 barrels per day.
New low-energy growth optimizer shows promise in controlling microbiological conditions for commercial algae producers
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB:OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, today announced that academic testing has verified its new Algae Screen™ growth optimizer effectively controls bacteria and microscopic predators in commercial algae production, helping to promote high rates of cultivation of the most valuable species.
"Initial test results saw a dramatic drop in contaminant load while the culture still maintained target cell integrity,” said Dr. Matt L. Julius of the Department of Biological Sciences at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. “This is one technology that will change the industry once it is fully validated.”
The researcher, who intends to publish a peer-reviewed paper on the process, found that the Algae Screen prototype required less than 0.1 watt-hour of electricity per gallon of treated water. This means an Algae Screen Model 60, offering a 60 liter per minute capacity, can treat a 40,000 liter pond or bioreactor for less than 10 cents per day, pumping extra.
Microbiological control is one of the major barriers to commercial-scale algae production today. Bacteria, rotifers and ciliates can easily take hold of a culture and induce the “crash” of a commercial algae production system. This is especially true of algae used in high-end commercial products, such as Hematococcus pluvialis, which produces one of the most valuable algae products, Astaxanthin, priced at about $4,000 a kilogram. Other species are even more at risk of bacterial and predator contamination, for instance, Botryococcus braunii. (article continues)
OriginOil Sells Algae Patents to Ennesys Joint Venture
Posted at AlgaeIndustryMagazine
OriginOil, Inc. has announced that it has agreed to transfer three of its early patent applications to its French joint venture, Ennesys. The agreement followed a state visit by French President François Hollande in which the leader praised Ennesys as an innovative startup with a technology ready to propel France toward meeting its ambitious renewable energy and green building goals.
“We’re delighted that Ennesys will be able to capitalize on our early inventions, which are no longer a core element of OriginOil’s intellectual property portfolio,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “The agreement has the potential to boost future stakeholder interest and value through future royalties and reimbursement of R&D costs. As a founding shareholder we are proud to share directly in Ennesys’ success.”
The three inventions being transferred to Ennesys are Quantum Fracturing™, Optimizing Photosynthesis in Photo Bioreactor (the Helix Bioreactor™) and the Hydrogen Harvester™. Ennesys has agreed to repay OriginOil’s R&D costs for these patents at a future date, and to pay an ongoing licensing fee on revenue from the patents. In addition, OriginOil has the opportunity to benefit from the commercialization of these patents as a direct shareholder of Ennesys.
In a speech to the nation made at Ennesys (official video), President Hollande praised Ennesys as an innovative startup, and recognized the need to help such innovators, especially in reaching energy and environmental regulatory goals. The French Government’s “Innovation 2030” Commission, headed by Ms. Anne Lauvergeon, presented its findings in tandem with the site visit.
Posted at GreenCarCongress:
OriginOil, Inc., developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), a high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, has tripled the capacity of its entry-level algae harvester from four to twelve liters per minute at no additional cost, with improved energy efficiency.
The EWS Algae unit, now designated as Model 12, offers reduced energy consumption due to an improved design that reduces electrical resistance and boosts harvesting performance.
The available intelligent power management system can take readings via sensors on parameters such as salinity, temperature, pH and algal density, better to manage and dispense energy to achieve optimum algal harvest. It is designed to connect through wireless sensor networks to central management facilities, thus enabling commercial farmers to monitor and manage an entire array of harvesters at full scale, up to hundreds of acres.
In a presentation at the recent Algae Biomass Summit 2013, OriginOil VP of quality assurance and services Jose Sanchez stated that detailed data is now available on the bacterial control capability. He said that, according to independent testing, “bacteria exposed to EWS Algae is reduced from a factor of 99% (referred as ‘Log 2’ by biologists) to a factor of 99.9999999% (referred as ‘Log 9’), depending on the period of exposure. The algae passed through EWS is typically left largely unharmed.”