Delphi to Provide Fuel Cell Update at Detroit-Area Media Event, June 27

Jun 26, 2002, 01:00 ET from Delphi

    TROY, Mich., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Delphi (NYSE:   DPH) continues to
 pursue the development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for auxiliary power to
 help reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
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     Jean Botti, chief technologist of the Innovation Center for Delphi's
 Dynamics & Propulsion Sector, will present an update on Delphi's fuel cell
 development progress during a presentation for media at Delphi's world
 headquarters in Troy, Mich., Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 a.m.  This
 presentation follows Delphi's technology program at the Pontiac Silverdome
 today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. providing journalists the opportunity to
 experience a wide range of Delphi's advanced technologies in a ride and drive
     "Delphi believes SOFC is an efficient, clean auxiliary power source for
 transportation and stationary applications," said Botti.  "We intend to use
 existing competencies and new technology to target the growing market for SOFC
 systems, including passenger automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, recreational
 vehicles, and stationary and military applications."
     In his presentation, Botti, 45, will discuss the various uses of fuels and
 fuel reformation needed in fuel cell development, the relative complexity of
 reformation in both SOFC and Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, and an
 update on Delphi's second generation SOFC and stack technology.  He also will
 address SOFC technical challenges and system cost targets.
     Delphi is a leader in the advancement of fuel cell development, having
 worked with U.S. and European customers in SOFC and PEM fuel cell development
 programs for several years.  Delphi's fuel cell activities include:
     *  A partnership with BMW on a gasoline SOFC development project for the
 last two years.  Renault joined this effort and added diesel SOFC development
 for commercial vehicles to the objectives of the Delphi BMW development
     *  A partnership with TotalFinaElf to collaborate on research and testing
 of fuels for use in fuel cell reformers.
     *  Delphi and Battelle have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy
 (DOE) to receive a 10-year, $74.6 million cost-share contract to assist in the
 further development of SOFC technology.
     *  A partnership with Belfort Fuel Cell Research Center.  The French
 Ministry of Research oversees this national center for technical research,
 with the help of corporate partners like Delphi and PSA-Peugeot-Citroen.
     Botti is a 25-year veteran of the automotive industry, beginning his
 career at Renault in 1977, and subsequently taking a position at General
 Motors in 1989.  Botti joined the Delphi team in 1999, when the company became
 independent from General Motors.  He has been involved in the development of
 fuel cells for more than five years.
     A native of France, Botti graduated from I.N.S.A. Toulouse, France in 1986
 with a master's degree in mechanical engineering.  He also earned a master's
 degree in business administration from Central Michigan University in 1991,
 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Conservatoire
 National des Arts et Metiers, Paris, France in 1995.  Botti holds four patents
 and three defensive publications for his work at Delphi.  He also holds 11
 patents outside of Delphi.
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 Delphi's Virtual Press Room at .
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