OriginOil to Help Mexico Industrialize Its Algae Production

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					OriginOil to Help Mexico Industrialize Its Algae
Government-funded 'Manhattan Project' to pursue aggressive national jet fuels goal

February 14, 2011 06:33 PM Eastern Time 

LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of breakthrough
technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, has
agreed to participate in a pilot scale algae project to be funded by the Mexican government. The project will
demonstrate industrial algae production, paving the way for substantial investment by the Mexican government in
large-scale jet fuels production.

"We are excited to support Mexico's 'Manhattan Project' to produce 1% of the nation's jet fuel from algae in less
than five years," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO.

"By the end of this decade, the project must produce nearly twenty times that amount, propelling Mexico to the front
rank of bio-fuel producing nations. We pledge the full dedication of our resources to help make this happen."

The project operator, Genesis Ventures of Ensenada, Baja California, has received a first Economy Ministry grant
through The National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) for its first site. Genesis will develop the
site as a model for numerous additional projects to be co-located with large CO2 sources.

Ensenada's Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) will operate the Genesis site. The facility
offers a team of world-class researchers, sophisticated laboratory equipment, and bench-scale algae cultivation
infrastructure. Genesis will also invite University of Baja California (UABC) algae researchers to collaborate in the
project. Ensenada is a perfect environment for algae growth, with abundant sunlight and access to seawater.

"We intend to rely heavily on OriginOil's expertise in feeding and sanitizing algae cultures, and its core harvesting and
extraction technology," said Eduardo Durazo Watanabe, President of Genesis Ventures. "Through our partner Jose
Sanchez, we have a uniquely close association with OriginOil which will enable us to scale up production quickly."

In addition to his leadership role at Genesis, Mr. Sanchez is OriginOil's vice president of growth and production. He
recently helped increase algae production at a research site operated by Australia's MBD Energy Limited,
OriginOil's first commercial partner.

Before joining OriginOil, Sanchez was General Manager of Aurora Mexico, a then-subsidiary of San Francisco-
based Aurora Algae, where he launched Aurora's Mexico-based field operations, built and opened its R&D
facilities, managed initial scale-up endeavors, provided information to decision makers to aid in site selection, and
carried out negotiations on land acquisition, water rights and CO2 procurement. Sanchez also introduced landmark
Mexican legislation to address the environmental, water management and land use aspects of algae production
systems. He has continued to work with Mexican stakeholders to develop that country's strategic algae

About OriginOil, Inc. (web address: www.originoil.com)

OriginOil, Inc. is developing a breakthrough technology that will transform algae, the most promising source of
renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum. Much of the world's oil and gas is made up of ancient algae
deposits. Today, our technology will produce "new oil" from algae, through a cost-effective, high-speed
manufacturing process. This endless supply of new oil can be used for many products, such as diesel, gasoline, jet
fuel, plastics and solvents, without the global warming effects of petroleum. Other oil-producing feedstock, such as
corn and sugarcane, often destroy vital farmlands and rainforests, disrupt global food supplies and create new
environmental problems. Our unique technology, based on algae, is targeted at fundamentally changing our source of
oil without disrupting the environment or food supplies. To learn more about OriginOil™, please visit our website at 

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OriginOil to help Mexico industrialize its algae production, government-funded 'Manhattan Project' to pursue
aggressive national jet fuels goal

Key Words

algae commercialization, algae oil, algae to oil, ooil, originoil, renewable oil, riggs eckelberry, pilot scale algae
project, Mexico, Manhattan Project, Genesis Ventures, CONACYT, The National Council for Science and
Technology, Jose Sanchez, Eduardo Durazo Watanabe, UABC, CICESE, MBD Energy Limited

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