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MBD Energy orders large-scale algae extraction system from Origin Oil

OriginOil, Inc. has received a firm order for a large-scale algae extraction system from MBD Energy, Ltd., a solutions provider in the field of industrial CO2 waste management, (MBD). The order follows recent collaborative trials of OriginOil’s equipment focused on optimizing capacity to handle large volumes of algae continuously.

OriginOil says the new system on order is one of the largest next-generation extraction systems of its kind in the world. The equipment is expected to process up to 1,100 liters (300 gallons) per minute of algae culture continuously, enough to process the daily harvest at MBD’s upcoming one hectare site at Queensland’s Tarong power station.

With this firm new equipment order, OriginOil will approach its forecast of $1 million in booked sales for products and services in 2011.

MBD Energy previously committed to a mobile OriginOil extraction unit to support the building stage of the one hectare proof of concept phase at Tarong Power Station, one of Australia’s three largest coal-fired power plants. Once the large-scale system is in place, the mobile unit will be deployed at the next power station pilot site, and so on.

According to MBD Energy, the one hectare facility will use the power station’s CO2-laden flue-gas to feed a Bio-CCS (Bio-based Carbon Capture and Storage) Algal Synthesizer. It will serve as proof of concept for a larger, second-stage facility of up to 80 hectares (197 acres) before being progressively expanded to a larger third stage facility.



Aussies seem to really like algae. We wish them great success. Algae has the potential to make 50% of the liquid fuel needed after electrification of light transport. It'll be interesting to see how this all works out.

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