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OriginOil Launches Algae Division, Names Mael Disa-Vingataramin as President

Disa-Vingataramin has background in management, engineering and business development, including direct experience in the algae technology sector.

Los Angeles, CA – March 10, 2015 – OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), the high-speed, primarily chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, announced today the launch of its Algae Division, naming Mael Disa-Vingataramin as its President.

OriginOil’s Algae Division joins the Petro Division as its latest business unit. Because EWS has value in multiple industry sectors, the business unit model helps ensure that each receives the unique attention it deserves. Activities in an industry sector are incubated inside the company proper, and then launched as a business unit.

Mael Disa-Vingataramin has direct experience in the algae industry, having served in Engineering and Business Development at A2BE Carbon Capture, LLC.

Mark Allen, A2BE Carbon Capture’s CEO at the time, states, “Mael was a dynamic and fast-learning member of our team and his contributions were greatly appreciated. I think he will do great things at OriginOil.” Allen, a Board Member and Past Chairman of the Algae Biomass Organization, is currently Vice President of Integrated Carbon Solutions at synthetic fuel production company Accelergy.

“I’m happy to welcome Mael Disa-Vingataramin as President of the Algae Division,” said Jean-Louis Kindler, OriginOil’s Chief Commercial Officer. “This will enable me to focus on developing our remaining industry sector target: the treatment of industrial, agricultural and extractive wastewater for reuse.”

“We launch business units when a line of business has matured to the point that it can be a mini-company,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “We did this last year with our oil and gas water cleanup business, which is going according to plan. Now it’s time for algae. I’m glad to see a dynamic, young and talented manager like Mael join our team to serve this fast-growing industry.”

As President of the Algae Division, Mael Disa-Vingataramin’s mission is to achieve wide adoption for EWS in the rapidly expanding algae industry through private labeling, licensing and sales, both directly and through distribution partners. His duties span product development, sales and licensing, manufacturing control and integration with other industry systems.

Previously, Mael honed his analytical skills at Innodev, a Paris-based consulting firm specializing in emerging biotechnologies and green chemicals. He then served in engineering and business development roles at A2BE Carbon Capture, an algae cultivation technology company in the U.S. More recently, Mael co-founded CarbonSync, a U.S. and Caribbean-based company developing commercial opportunities in renewable energy and water, with a main focus on developing power plants using waste and biomass as feedstocks and conversion of wastewater streams into valuable products. Mael also gained management experience as the co-founder and executive of a healthcare business with close to eight figures in annual turnover.

Mael holds an Engineer’s degree in Chemistry from ESCOM (Higher School of Organic and Mineral Chemistry, France), and a Master’s in Process Engineering from UTC (University of Technology of Compiègne, France) with a specialization in agricultural sciences.

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