OriginOil, Inc., developer of Electro Water Separation (EWS), a high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, has tripled the capacity of its entry-level algae harvester from four to twelve liters per minute at no additional cost, with improved energy efficiency.
The EWS Algae unit, now designated as Model 12, offers reduced energy consumption due to an improved design that reduces electrical resistance and boosts harvesting performance.
The available intelligent power management system can take readings via sensors on parameters such as salinity, temperature, pH and algal density, better to manage and dispense energy to achieve optimum algal harvest. It is designed to connect through wireless sensor networks to central management facilities, thus enabling commercial farmers to monitor and manage an entire array of harvesters at full scale, up to hundreds of acres.
In a presentation at the recent Algae Biomass Summit 2013, OriginOil VP of quality assurance and services Jose Sanchez stated that detailed data is now available on the bacterial control capability. He said that, according to independent testing, “bacteria exposed to EWS Algae is reduced from a factor of 99% (referred as ‘Log 2’ by biologists) to a factor of 99.9999999% (referred as ‘Log 9’), depending on the period of exposure. The algae passed through EWS is typically left largely unharmed.”