Micro algae, in particular the species and strains that are grown in open pond systems are subject to constant contamination. OriginOil, Inc. the developer of breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum recently announced Algae Screen(TM).
Algae Screen(TM) is a process that keeps algae healthy and productive by selectively eliminating microscopic predators that contaminate the algae, without the use of chemicals. The technology employs an electromagnetic pulse, similar to what is used to achieve Live Extraction(TM). OriginOil will offer Algae Screen and Live Extraction in one integrated offering for growers.
Algae in particular oil rich algae are targets for preditor invasion (rotifers and other bacteria), these can not only choke off algae growth but they can also reduce the value of the algae crop by metabolizing valuable oil and biomass. Algae Screen says Paul Reep (Senior VP of Technology) will continuously protect the algae from such invaders.
One other benefit is that it integrates fully with Live Extraction (a way to extract algae oil on a continuous basis without sacrificing the cell), due to the fact that it is based on the same technology.
Tony Piccolo – Aquatic Biofuels Specialist, Nairobi-Kenya