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June 2014

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gei-global-energy-corp-announces-us-patent-for-fuel-cell-stack-design-2014-06-05

FLINT, Mich., Jun 05, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX)

 

GEI Global Energy Corp. GEIG 0.00% , a fuel cell power systems company, announced that GEI Founder and CEO Dr. K. J. Berry, P.E., along with Kettering University researchers Dr. Susanta K. Das and Jayesh Kavathe, received a U.S. patent (US 8,623,565 Jan. 2014) entitled: "Assembly of bifurcation and trifurcation bipolar plate to design fuel cell stack". "We are pleased with the issuance of this crucial patent as this innovation improves the fluid flow and energy transport through active channels of both the anode and cathode fuel cell stack bipolar plates", stated GEI Global CEO, Dr. Berry. "The result being improved heat and water management, and fluid flow distribution. The initial test results show a 22% increase in individual cell voltages."

Across the world, the call for using renewable sources of energy for electricity generation has been increasing. In terms of megawatts shipped, the stationary sector continued to lead the fuel cell industry thanks to the large size of individual units with a predicted 52% increase for 2013 with over 190 MW of newly installed fuel cell power (Fuel Cell Industry Review 2013). Fuel cell markets will grow from an estimated $629.8 million in 2013 to $2.5 billion by 2018, with a CAGR of 32.2% from 2013 to 2018 (Markets and Markets, Dallas, TX).

Toward the goal of meeting the world's thirst for affordable, plentiful, and clean energy, GEI Global has developed targeted global customers and markets that include large scale power generation, data security and telecommunications, back-up stationary power, disaster and emergency relief, military and marine ancillary power, and commercial real estate.

Within the fuel cell industry an improved heat transfer and fluid flow management is critical to an extended fuel cell membrane life and fuel cell stack longevity as evidenced by the increased fuel cell stack voltages, which leads to an increased fuel cell stack power density. As such, an increased power density results in a smaller fuel cell and less occupied space which reduces overall system cost.

"The improved high temperature PEM (Polymer Exchange Membrane) fuel cell stack design will allow GEI Global to aggressively scale our commercialization time-table for deployment of clean, efficient, and environmentally friendly fuel cell power systems in Italy, India, and the Dominican Republic", Dr. Berry continued. "We expect this development to allow GEI Global to exceed the 50,000 hour membrane life cycle requirements while operating on cost-effective natural gas and providing primary power for stationary and auxiliary power applications. The GEI Global hybrid energy technology architecture also benefits from prior US patent (US 7,843,185) which allows for the integration with solar and wind and other alternative energy sources. This integration improves the ROI for both by ensuring consistent premium power independent of environmental conditions while significantly reducing the cost of energy for fuel cell operations."

About Dr. Berry and Kettering University

Recognized as an international Fellow of the Society of Mechanical Engineers and the founder of the Kettering University Fuel Cell Research Center, Dr. Berry has extensive engineering systems design experience including a 28-year tenure as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Kettering University is a world-class institution with a storied history of engineering, business, and science education.  Furthermore, as the objective of the Kettering Office of Sponsored Research is to pursue diligently the best opportunities to transfer Kettering Intellectual Property consistent with the missions of the University, the inventors have pending agreements with the University for exclusive commercialization rights.

About GEI Global Energy

GEI Global Energy is a fuel cell power systems company leveraging a menu of novel and innovative fuel cell power systems innovations to provide clean and inexpensive energy solutions for developing economies. 

For more information regarding GEI GLOBAL's vision for an energy secure future, please click on the following video link: http://private.geiglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/who-is-gei5.mp4 .

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Global Energy Innovations' (GEI) Fuel Cell Auxillary Power Unit is a one of a kind unit that is a flexible system that can be used for a broad range of applications due to its unique high temperature fuel cell stack, adaptable power electronics, and logistic fuel processor.  GEI's Smart Fuel Cell is the ultimate solution for the following applications.

Commercial Trucking

Commercial trucking APU power needs are increasing as better amenities are being added to sleeper cabins by the truck manufacturers to provide comfortable and sometimes luxurious interiors. Current APU power needs are approximately 2 to 6 kWe and are projected to go higher. Meeting this power demand through truck idling results in a significant cost estimated to be $5,700/truck/year with significant environmental emissions. Argonne National Laboratory estimates that 480,000 class 8 trucks alone generate 120 million pounds of NO, 202 million pounds of CO, and 9.6 million tons of CO2 annually; they also generate about 5.5 million pounds of particulate matter.

Current APU technologies to replace truck idling are based on diesel engine power generators, which, though better than truck idling, still possess a range of problems, including low efficiency and high noise and emissions.

We believe that fuel cell (FC)-based APU technologies are ideally suited for use in truck APUs because of their inherent benefits.

Telecommunications

Today’s telecommunications networks demand backup power solutions that provide highly reliable, cost-effective power for extended periods of time. As such the availability and reliability of backup power sources are a major concern not only in the United States, but also globally. With over 220,000 cell sites nationally and increasing cell and internet traffic, weather conditions and a fragile power infrastructure have caused blackouts across the country, and making customers and service providers look for backup power solutions that offer durability and flexibility at a reasonable cost. More recently, the realization that our power generation and distribution system may be vulnerable to interruptions due to terrorist and natural disasters has increased this need significantly. Why Traditional Solutions Won't Work  power use may not translate directly, or even easily, into stationary applications. Even on the automotive front, several key issues remain to be resolved, among them load response and the need for intelligent systems to charge and maintain the batteries. One other disadvantage may prove troublesome for wireless networks as well: lithium's high flammability. The risk of fire only adds to liability concerns and replacement costs. eight hours or less of backup power time, lower power needs, and where convenient access to hydrogen refueling is available. Six bottles of hydrogen provide eight hours of backup power for a 5 kW load. However, in situations requiring extended backup power times, higher power needs or in situations where hydrogen delivery is difficult or impossible, compressed hydrogen is a challenge. For example, 36 hydrogen cylinders are required to provide 48 hours of backup power for a 5 kW load. are required. In situations where hydrogen storage is difficult due to space and weight restrictions, liquid fuel combined with a fuel reformer is the most economical solution. Additionally, at remote installation locations such as telecommunications tower sites, hydrogen can prove to be difficult, bulky and heavy to store, and maintenance to re-supply industrial hydrogen cylinders in these remotes sites is not feasible. Reforming technologies and fuel cell products that incorporate reformers exist today that eliminate these obstacles and pave the way for even broader network applications.  According to a national U.S. survey commissioned by Emerson4, power outages resulting in downtime are common.

Military

The U.S. Army is transforming itself into a globally deployable force. The new force will need to operate with a smaller, more deployable logistics support system. Because much of the present logistics support systems exist to move fuel, improved battlefield fuel economy will help reduce logistics support requirements. These forces need new lightweight, fuel-efficient, air transportable equipment, with light, efficient logistics support systems.

 To offset the obvious reductions in armor and heavy weapons in this new force, new vehicles are being developed as part of the Future Combat Systems (FCS). The FCS is not a single vehicle or vehicle family, but rather a system of systems designed to use lighter weapons and faster vehicles more effectively to achieve the results of heavier forces. Two of the keys to this increased effectiveness are reducing the forces’ dependence on a heavy logistics support system and the development of an integrated battlefield data-sharing environment for U.S. forces, called “battlefield digitization.”

 Battlefield digitization has created new vehicle electric power demands. To be effective, digitization equipment must operate essentially all the time. A digitization suite includes items such as computers, digital radios, encryption systems, displays, identification friend-or-foe (IFF) and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, with a combined power demand typically around one-kilowatt (kW), or 36 amps (A) on a military vehicle 28-volt system. This demand, when added to the power needed for personnel heaters, battery charging, sighting and detection equipment, often exceeds vehicle alternator capacities. The situation is made worse by the need for long waiting, or “silent watch” periods, during military operations in which a vehicle crew must minimize noise, thermal and other emissions for scouting or ambush. This effectively rules out running an engine.