Today, Los Angeles based OriginOil announced what they’re calling a breakthrough in algae processing, leading to a simpler and more efficient mechanism for producing algae-based biofuels.
With this new process, we have greatly improved on our previous harvesting technology. We now have a single device and process that we will optimize and scale up in upcoming trials for commercialization
-OriginOil CTO Dr. Vikram Pattarkine
OriginOil’s process uses their proprietary “Quantum Fracturing™” (depicted above) in combination with electromagnetism and changes in pH to break down cell walls and separate the oil (more on their website). The technology will debut at the National Algae Association’s Forum on April 30, 2009.
See the press release at OriginOil’s website.