Tests by partner AlgEternal indicate algae may reduce conventional fertilizer cost up to 40 percent
Los Angeles, CA and Weimar, TX – July 7, 2015 – OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of breakthrough water cleanup technology, and partner AlgEternal, today announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, it believes that its pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear technology, may reduce conventional fertilizer cost by up to 40 percent.
AlgEternal reported these findings following field testing at its agricultural facility in Weimar, Texas, where an array of its bioreactors fed raw algae to an OriginClear EWS A25 Algae Harvester. (demonstration video here)
“Our proprietary Vertical Growth Module™ system grows algae rapidly,” said Hugh Morris, AlgEternal CEO. “But we’ve learned that the only effective way to concentrate the green water and harvest algae effectively is with OriginClear’s Electro Water Separation™, or EWS extraction system.”
“Preliminary results from our long-term testing on multiple crops at our site in Weimar, Texas indicate that using pure algae concentrate as a soil conditioner may increase yields and reduce fertilizer costs,” added Morris. “We are working with Texas A&M and other institutions to further validate our findings.”
“Algae is an effective and natural way to improve soil permeability and productivity as compared to conventional fertilizers,” said Nicholas Eckelberry, OriginClear founder and chief research officer. “AlgEternal’s pioneering work indicates that a relatively small amount of algae can create major results in crop productivity, and also help remediate depleted lands.”
According to AlgEternal, its patent-pending, closed-loop, Vertical Growth Module (VGM™), has undergone seven years of rigorous research and development improvements. The current system incorporates critical features including CO2 delivery protocol, maximizing the rates of CO2 capture, as well as integrated heating and cooling designs that contribute to an aggressive algal growth rate during all seasons of the year with temperature ranges from below freezing to over 100° F. Founder Morris chose OriginClear’s technology to complement these capabilities in his end-to-end algae production system designs.