Well, it's a success, more than we ever could have imagined.
On the road to the Coachella Valley
Last Monday, our team traveled to a large aquafarming operation in the Coachella Valley, for a two-day demonstration.
The Valley has seen wholesale fish farm closures in recent years, due to the rising costs of energy and feed.
Algae and solar = fish farm survival
This 120-acre farm is a high-grade survivor. It has invested heavily in solar power, and is growing algae onsite as a source of cheaper and much healthier fish feed.
On arrival, the team set up the Aquappliance™ to process the ammonia-laden water from a growth pond. Quickly, our crystalline water came out the other end, so clean that the aquaculture manager was able to drink it!
Turning to his boss, he said: "You're looking at the future of aquaculture"!
Why would he say this?
One pond to grow, many ponds to clean
For each growing pond, you need more ponds to filter out the ammonia. This multiplies land use, and labor costs, because those filtration ponds have to be cleaned out regularly too.
Now imagine that one machine can just recycle that water continuously. All those filtration ponds can now become growth ponds!
Think of how that multiplies land use efficiency. That could make the Aquappliance a "secret weapon" for growers all over the world.
From the bottom of the scale to the top
Here's another striking image: on the right you can see the water we pulled from the pond, and inside the ammonia meter is the water that came out of our machine. (See larger photo.)
Another proof point that our process takes deeply contaminated water, and quickly makes it crystal-clear.
Organic fish farming?
The fish you eat from a farm has likely been given large amounts of antibiotics.
OriginOil's Aquappliance aggressively reduces bacteria and may perhaps eliminate the need for antibiotics altogether.
Getting rid of these chemicals could help bring us wide-scale organic fish farming!
And we really need that: nearly half of our fish food supply is already farmed, and that number is increasing fast.
Secret weapon #2: efficient algae harvesting
When we demonstrated how fast we can concentrate algae (see photos), the manager got even more excited about how easily he could produce algae pellets for fish feed.
Feeding algae to fish in their early growth stages can dramatically reduce costs and improve the nutritional quality of fish — as long as you can harvest efficiently.
We showed our technology can do that.
Home run for the home team
In the end, we did two days worth of demonstrations in just one day. You can expect great things to come of this trip, and soon.
All in all, it was a home run for the lab team of Nicholas Eckelberry and Andrew Davies, ably supported by our new Global Sales Manager for aquaculture, Leonard Velez.
(If you're interested in our fish farm technology, please contact Leonard right away.)
Enjoy your week!
Riggs and Team
President & CEO
OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL)
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