OriginOil will work in collaboration with the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to develop standards for converting biomass, including algae, into biofuels and other products.

The aim of the program is to develop feedstock standards and specifications for different formats of bio-energy materials.

OriginOil plans to work with researchers at INL to extend the concepts to include algae, as the focus of the workshop was on terrestrial biomass.

The collaboration will include how algae can add energy content to other feedstocks such as woody and herbaceous materials, which are already being configured for biochemical and thermochemical upgrading for energy production.

Once a standard for algae feedstock is agreed, it will provide industry direction to design equipment and products to meet that standard.

OriginOil intends to work closely with algae industry organizations and producers to make this standard a reality.