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OriginOil Reports Positive Results From Laboratory Scale System

– System Optimizations Are Ready for Scaling Up to Larger Designs –

Los Angeles, CA – September 23, 2008 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL ), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, today announced that the fine tuning of the Helix Bioreactor™ subsystems has yielded positive results.

In its original May 2008 patent filing for the Enhanced Algae Growth System, the company reported initial algae production metrics based on its first prototype of February 2008. Since that time, the engineering team has fine tuned the Helix BioReactor subsystems to further increase performance characteristics. These have now yielded sufficient results to begin design and layout of larger scale systems.

Senior technical advisor Paul Reep commented: “Discrete testing of each system component is now being performed to ensure better projection of the performance of larger systems.” He continued, “These tests have also been helpful in contributing to the ongoing design study to identify low cost Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components for use in full scale systems.”

“COTS is a preferred design/build standard that can lower initial production costs and afford many advantages that greatly simplify in-field operational maintenance”, said CEO Riggs Eckelberry. “We are committed to algae production systems that use simple, commodity materials and construction for maximum adoption worldwide.”

Eckelberry added, “We are extremely pleased with the progress of the technology team as it scales up its prototypes. The growth metrics we are encountering are extremely positive and are being validated by external reviewers. We believe that we are well on our way to achieving a competitive fuel that can truly compete with petroleum.”

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