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June 2014

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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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FUEL CELLS: THE RACE TO AN ENERGY SECURE FUTUREfuelcell

Fuel cells are a highly efficient, combustion-less, and virtually pollution free energy source that provides electricity to power a wide array of applications including buildings, automobiles, emergency back-up systems, laptop computers, and numerous other consumer devices. In principle, a fuel cell is an electrochemical device that operates like a battery. However, unlike a battery, a fuel cell requires re-fueling, and not recharging. A fuel cell uses fuel - usually hydrogen extracted from natural gas, propane, or other carbon based fuels, and oxygen extracted from air - to produce electricity. Fuel cells will continue to produce energy in the form of electricity and heat as long as there is a constant fuel source. Hydrogen fuel cells work simply, have no moving parts, and operate silently with water and excess heat as the only by-products.

Specific industries that employ fuel cell power systems are:

  • Auxiliary Power
    o Commercial Trucking
    o Recreation Vehicles and Motor Homes
    o Marine
    o DOD Military
  • Portable Power
    o Disaster Relief Emergency
    • Back-up Stationary Power
  • Consumer
    o Defense and Homeland Security
    o Data Security
    o Telecommunications

Fuel Cell Commercialization Barriers

Although significant financial resources have been invested in fuel cell technology over the last few years, the following are typically agreed to as primary barriers to mass market commercialization. They are:

1. Lack of a hydrogen infrastructure for fuel storage and distribution.
2. Cost of ownership due to use of precious metals for fuel cell membranes.
3. Lack of large volume applications to minimize both membrane and component cost, and overall manufacturing cost, and;
4. Lack of robust fuel cell power system design that is flexible and adaptable to the varying needs of the user and minimizes engineering cost for use with multiple applications with different power requirements.

GEI's Commercialization Strategy

Global Energy Innovations (GEI) is part of the Fuel Cell and Sustainable/Alternative Energy industry and has a target market that includes portable and on-board fuel cell power generation applications requiring efficient, clean, near-zero emissions, and silent operations in the 2kW to 10kW nominal power range.

GEI's competitive strategy is the economical processing of hydrogen from locally available logistics fuels combined with flexible, adaptable, and reconfigurable power electronics. This strategy provides a pathway to large volume commercialization of fuel cell power systems. Our innovative technology is customer centric and is driven by a commercialization reality that provides opportunities for the rapid integration of fuel cell power systems for markets typically restricted by the lack of a hydrogen infrastructure and allows for a common fuel cell architecture accross multiple application areas. This "Blue Ocean" strategy is fundamental to GEI's success.

Our initial product offering is the GEI proprietary X5 Smart Adaptable Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit, i.e. “GEI X5”. The GEI X5 has the competitive advantage of providing multiple user programmable power output channels over a wide voltage and current range that operate concurrently and independently. The GEI X5 innovation provides customers significant flexibility relative to the use of fuel cell APU’s for multiple applications with varying currents and voltages with a single fuel cell stack input.

Currently, fuel cell auxiliary units (APU’s) are designed for a single voltage output which limits the widespread commercialization of the technology, requires increased engineering and design cost for fuel cell system providers for different applications. Of most importantly the current architecture keeps the APU system cost high which limits user acceptability. Additionally, the GEI X5 smart APU provides for multiple input voltage sources, as well as multiple output power sources, to accommodate other renewable sources such as wind and solar power in addition to fuel cells.

In a nutshell, the GEI X5 de-couples the fuel cell input from the application output and allows the customer to customize the GEI X5 to individual current and voltage needs for multiple applications operating independently and concurrently. We feel our power electronics innovation is a “game changer” and will help to rapidly accelerate the adoption of fuel cell APU’s for multiple and concurrent everyday applications.

Practical Application Advantages

The advantages for commercial trucking, military, recreation vehicles, and marine applications are:

  1. Provides multiple reprogrammable output power channels supporting devices that operate at different voltages to maximize efficiency. For example, often for marine applications it is not uncommon to require 12V DC, 24VDC and 110VAC buss voltages.
  2. Allow OEM's to provide a single platform for both US, South American, Asia and European markets that often require a different voltage bus.
  3. Allows for emergency DC/AC export power for emergency disaster relief that often require varying and uncertain power requirements.