FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EnerFuel, Inc.,
the fuel cell subsidiary of alternative energy technology company Ener1, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI), today announced it has received a Notice of
Allowance from the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new patent
for an integrated feedback control system that is designed to improve the
safety, reliability and lifetime of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells.
The integrated feedback control system is designed to allow PEM fuel cells
to operate more efficiently under variable loads, such as those encountered
during the braking and accelerating of a fuel cell vehicle. The system is
also designed to prevent the drying out of the fuel cell membrane, which can
cause the fuel cell to quickly deteriorate and may lead to safety hazards,
including fire. Both of these design features address critical factors for
the commercialization of hydrogen technologies in transportation applications.
"EnerFuel has made great strides in developing its unique technologies and
know-how as demonstrated by this most recent patent allowance," said Kevin
Fitzgerald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ener1. "The company is
focused on delivering fuel cell manufacturers and the industry at large
innovations that will advance the safety and performance of their fuel cells,
and thus help make hydrogen energy a commercial reality sooner."
EnerFuel's control system design incorporates a novel self-regulating
feedback mechanism that supplies hydrogen and air to the anode and cathode of
the fuel cell stack by using a system of pressure regulators and pumps. The
feedback system controls the flow of fuel and oxidant gases required to
maintain and maximize the electrochemical reaction of the fuel cell stack
under varying current loads.
Other features of the fuel cell control system include the ability to
regulate the water concentration, which is critical to the long-term operation
of the fuel cell system. Without proper water regulation (a by-product of the
electrochemical reaction of a fuel cell), over drying of the fuel cell can
occur. When fuel cell membranes become dehydrated, holes or voids in the fuel
cell membrane can occur, resulting in the risk of fire or explosion from the
direct mixing of hydrogen and oxygen. The EnerFuel control system is designed
to essentially eliminate this potential safety hazard.
Ener1, Inc (OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI) (www.ener1.com) is an alternative
energy technology company. The company's interests include: 80.5% of EnerDel
(www.enerdel.com), a lithium battery company in which Delphi Corp. owns 19.5%;
49% of Enerstruct, a Japanese lithium battery technology company in which
Ener1's strategic investor ITOCHU owns 51 %; wholly owned subsidiary EnerFuel,
a fuel cell testing and component company (www.enerfuel.com); and wholly owned
subsidiary NanoEner, which develops nanotechnology-based materials and
manufacturing processes for batteries and other applications
(www.nanoener.com). For more information, visit http://www.ener1.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 conveying
management's expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and
projections at the time the statements are made. The forward-looking
statements contained in this press release involve risks and uncertainties,
including, but not necessarily limited to, the ability of Ener1 to
successfully develop and market proposed lithium battery, fuel cell and
nanotechnology-based products and services, the degree of competition in the
markets for lithium battery, fuel cell and nanotechnology-based products and
services, Ener1's history of operating losses, the lack of operating history
for the development stage Ener1 businesses, the need for additional capital,
the dependency upon key personnel and other risks detailed in Ener1's annual
report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2004, as well as in its
other filings from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results or performance to
differ materially from any future results or performance expressed or implied
in the forward-looking statements included in this release. Ener1 undertakes
no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
SOURCE EnerFuel, Inc.