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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 cell research continuing to develop in Kettering's incubator Print E-mail

by Beata Mostafavi | The Flint Journal
Tuesday August 26, 2008, 8:24 PM

Fuel Cell Research

John W. Adkisson | The Flint Journal

Antonio Reis tests a fuel cell apparatus while working for Global Energy Innovations to research fuel cell technologies Tuesday at Kettering University. Global Energy Innovations is the first company to research fuel cells in Kettering's new Fuel Cell and Advanced Technologies Commercialization incubator. "It's good that Kettering's getting on board," said Reis. "I think Kettering's doing a good job of helping our country reach the goal of hydrogen and fuel cells as being a part of our energy plan."

FLINT, Michigan -- In a basement lab of the Mott Engineering and Science Center at Kettering University, Andrew Snyder and Antonio Reis test a fuel cell that could someday help power diesel trucks. The engineers are working full time for Global Energy Innovations -- the first company to do fuel cell research in Kettering's one-year-old Fuel Cell and Advanced Technologies Commercialization Incubator. "The fuel cell incubator is giving us a place to do this research," said Snyder, 23, a Kettering alum. "I think the incubator is giving Flint a better image in terms of taking a step towards a greener future." GEI, a Kettering-run spin-off company, marks what some Kettering officials say is a progressive step for getting on the ground floor of fuel cell research here. The hope is that the incubator, part of Kettering's fuel cell center, will recruit new and emerging technologies and companies.

It's part of a bigger picture goal to expand Genesee County's technology-based business community and spur new jobs and economic growth in the area. On a recent afternoon, Snyder and Reis tested the third fuel cell they have designed so far for GEI's project. By later this year, they will present a prototype of how a regular engine could be replaced with a fuel cell, which would make electricity more efficiently and reduce emissions. It could be commercialized and used to support energy needs or back-up power. Hydrogen fuel cells convert oxygen and hydrogen into water to produce electricity. Snyder said the primary target for this type of technology is the trucking industry but could be branched out to other uses, including mobile homes and boats. "It's a more efficient process," he said. "I personally think efficiency is a step in the right direction of replacing fossil fuels."

Administrators say this type of cutting edge research gives Kettering a role in making fuel cells and hydrogen become a part of the country's energy plan. K. Joel Berry, director for the Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration -- in which the incubator is housed -- hopes more businesses make use of the incubator space and resources in the future.

"The entire thrust of the proposal for this three years ago was that Kettering could spur economic development for mid-Michigan through the integration of education and technology," he said. "Our goal at Kettering is to encourage more student spin-off companies and faculty spin-off companies. Hopefully those companies will grow in areas surrounding Kettering and stay in Flint and stay in Michigan."

Meanwhile, the fuel cell center has had major research programs since it opened in 2005, including ones sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Defense. The center has also sponsored programs to educate pre-college students about sustainability, fuel cells, wind power and solar energy. "The center is moving towards its goals in terms of education, research and economic development," Berry said. "Those are the three things it was formed to do."