Acumentrics makes follow-on shipment of five solid oxide fuel cell units to ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures

WESTWOOD, Mass., Jan. 16, 2003 — Acumentrics Corporation has delivered an additional five fully integrated rapid-start solid oxide fuel cell uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures in Houston, Texas under the terms of a purchase order.

The product, named the BB-SOFCâ„- 2000 operates directly from 7″ to 14″ low-pressure natural gas and converts the fuel directly within its array of fuel cell tubes. Because of the technical nature of the solid oxide fuel cell, both the hydrogen and carbon monoxide produced during the conversion or reformation process allow it to boost the fuel/electricity efficiency over other types of fuel cells that just run from hydrogen. It also does not emit any appreciable noise or emissions of NOx or SOx. The fuel cell system can also run on propane or ethanol.

The primary intended application for the BB-SOFCâ„- is outdoor 90vAC broadband backup, but is also configurable to output DC or 120vAC for telecom and computer backup applications. In addition, the output can be connected to other units for greater output capacity.

Acumentrics’ President and CEO, Gary A. Mook stated “These shipments represent a new phase in the evolution of our company as we continue to field test our SOFC systems.” Mook went on to say, “These units are the building blocks of a family of products that we will be introducing in 2003. We are confident that our SOFC systems will soon bring to the market an economic, clean and simple power solution with wide applicability.”

Acumentrics Corporation, a privately owned company based in Westwood, Mass., is a leading developer of new technologies for distributed power generation and premium power markets.

Acumentrics’ proprietary natural gas fueled, tubular solid-oxide fuel cell systems are designed for on- site power generation and premium power. Acumentrics’ high-speed, flywheel- based and battery based uninterruptible power supplies are designed to enhance power quality. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.acumentrics.com


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