IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ener-Core, Inc. (OTCBB: ENCR; the "Company"), a designer and manufacturer of Gradual Oxidizer products, announces that the Hon. Dr. Stephen L. Johnson, 11th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has joined the Board of Directors.
"We are honored to have Steve on our Board of Directors. Steve has been a strong believer in the market need for our breakthrough technology since its inception, and has consistently supported our team throughout many years of the research and development effort. As Ener-Core is now deploying the commercial launch of its technology platform into the market, Steve remains highly engaged and supportive of our business plan and our commitment to help our customers worldwide greatly reduce their emissions and their costs of air quality regulatory compliance through the use of our Gradual Oxidizer products," said Alain Castro, CEO of Ener-Core.
Dr. Johnson brings to Ener-Core's board over three decades of exemplary commitment to the environment. Within the EPA, he controlled a $7.7 billion annual budget and managed over 17,000 employees. He is also the recipient of the White House's Presidential Rank Award, the highest award bestowed to civilian federal employees. Before working for the U.S. Government, he held a number of positions in laboratory and bio-technology companies. He was also the director of Hazelton Laboratories, now Covance.
"I was attracted to Ener-Core because of its patented Gradual Oxidizer technology and its ability to address the global methane pollution problem," said Dr. Johnson. "The flaring of methane gas -- the flames you see emitted from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairies and farms -- represents both a loss of a significant energy opportunity and a continued strain we put on our planet," he continued.
Though methane has long been known as a harmful greenhouse gas -- according to the EPA, it's 20 to 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide -- it also holds an abundance of energy. However, much of the power potential had previously been thought of as unusable, and other environmental issues have persisted.
Dr. Johnson continued, "I am excited to work with Ener-Core to help introduce environmentally sound and regulatory compliant power generation options to markets that were once considered uneconomical. When configured for ultra-low emissions, our Gradual Oxidizer technology produces substantially lower emissions of NOx, CO, and VOCs than any other competitive systems and is designed to achieve Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) for several major air pollutants in non-attainment areas."
Dr. Johnson began working at the EPA in 1979. His rise from career scientist to EPA chief began in 2001, when he made the jump from civil service bureaucrat to political appointee after serving as the acting deputy administrator in 2003 and then as acting administrator in January 2005. On March 4, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated him formally for the permanent position. He became the first career employee to hold the position of Administrator and the first scientist to head the Agency. His tenure as Administrator of the EPA expired on January 20, 2009. Stephen received a B.A. in Biology from Taylor University and a Master's Degree in Pathology from George Washington University. He has also been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Taylor University and Wesleyan University.
About Ener-Core, Inc.
Ener-Core, Inc. ("Ener-Core") designs and manufactures innovative systems for producing continuous energy from a broad range of sources, including previously unusable ultra-low quality gas. The Ener-Core Gradual Oxidizer, our patented oxidation technology, enables the conversion of these gases into useful heat and power with the lowest known associated emissions. With the Ener-Core Gradual Oxidizer matched to gas turbines, Ener-Core offers systems with fuel flexibility and pollution control for power generation. The Gradual Oxidizer can also be customized for integration with larger existing power generation systems to offer unparalleled pollution control and achieve zero emissions.
Ener-Core has developed the 250kW Ener-Core Powerstation FP250 ("FP250"), and its larger counterpart, the 2MW Ener-Core Powerstation KG2-3GO, to transform methane gas, especially "ultra-low Btu gas" from landfills, coal mines, oil fields and other low quality methane sources into continuous clean electricity with near-zero emissions. The Powerstations are specifically engineered for fuel flexibility and modularity, so that these low-Btu gas sources can be used as an energy resource instead of wasted through venting and/or flaring.
With dedication, deep expertise, and broad energy experience, Ener-Core serves several markets globally, including oil fields, biogas, coal mines, natural gas, emissions control, and utility power generation. For more information, please visit our website: http://ener-core.com/.
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