LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of breakthrough water cleanup technology, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office recently granted two patents for algae production. The inventors included OriginClear co-founders, Nicholas and Riggs Eckelberry.
“We contributed these early patents to our French joint venture, Ennesys, to support that fast-growing startup,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “Eleven additional inventions covered by 68 filings are in the pipeline, with more innovations on the way. Our respect and congratulations to my brother Nicholas for his innovation leadership.”
The first patent, “Algae growth system for oil production” (US#8,993,314), was dubbed “Quantum Fracturing” by the OriginClear co-founders. It was the first patent filing by OriginClear, then called OriginOil. It focused on the challenge of feeding enough CO2 to algae cells to enable their production at industrial scale. It was subsequently referenced in 107 other industry patents, making it a key early innovation for the fledgling algae sector. (video: Quantum Fracturing demonstration)
The second patent, “Bio-energy reactor” (US# 8,986,531), showed how hydrogen could be generated as a continuous by-product of algae production. It was called the Hydrogen Harvester. In November 2010, the company announced lab data that indicated energy production per square meter that was similar to solar cells. Inventors were co-founder Nicholas Eckelberry and Michael Green, at the time a senior company engineer.
“We are gratified that the US Patent and Trademark Office has accepted these inventions,” said Nicholas Eckelberry, OriginClear co-founder and chief research officer. “At the time, we were researching new solutions for the entire spectrum of algae production. From that early experience, we focused our interest on Electro Water Separation™, which is supported by 11 separate inventions. We have every expectation that a substantial number of US patents will come out of that series of inventions.”
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About OriginClear, Inc.
OriginClear has developed a breakthrough water cleanup technology for the oil & gas, algae and other water-intensive industries. Unlike other technologies, the company's patent-pending Electro Water Separation™ process rapidly and efficiently removes organic material from large quantities of water without the need for chemicals. For the oil & gas industry, OriginClear is helping clean up produced water and recycle fracking water, to reduce harm to the environment and lower costs. For the emerging algae industry, OriginClear is making large-scale harvest possible. And in aquaculture, OriginClear is helping improve yields and making seafood healthier by dramatically reducing the levels of toxic ammonia and bacteria in water. For a world short on clean water, OriginClear is the lower-cost and cleaner answer. To learn more about OriginClear®, please visit our website at www.originclear.com.
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USPTO grants early algae patents to OriginClear inventors; oil production invention referenced by 107 other patent applications
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