History of GEI Energy Solutions Inc., Canada:

GEI Energy Solutions Inc., Canada formed a private company in September of 2016, which is based in Vernon British Columbia, Canada.  GEI Energy Solutions Inc. has the exclusive license for Canada to market, sell, install, maintain, assemble and distribute the patented GEI-X5 Fuel Cell along with other GEI Global Corp. products and services.

GEI Energy Solutions Inc. our investors and partners are working toward providing ALL Canadians with energy security today and in the future.

History of the Fuel Cell:

Fuel cell principals have been known since the 19th century. In the 1960s, NASA dramatically advanced fuel cell technology by developing it for use in space vehicles, using hydrogen (H2) fuel. Fuel cell developments in the past decade have led to increased research and widespread application of fuel cells for power generation and vehicles. Current fuel choices include natural gas and propane, methane gas from landfills, biogases, methanol and other renewable hydrocarbons used a feed stock to extract hydrogen.

History of GEI Global Energy Corp. (USA):

GEI Global Energy Corp. (USA) is at private Michigan company, Global Energy Innovations Inc., March 13, 2007. Global Energy Innovations (GEI) was formed to commercialize patented technology for fuel cell electric power production and for power electronics and controls.  The GEI mission was to develop and commercialize innovative fuel cell electric power systems technologies that provide world markets with clean and secure energy that is sustainable and environmentally benign.

HISTORICAL FIELD PROTOTYPES AND SEED FUNDING:

Diesel Truck APU:

HistoryGEI received angel funding from the State of Michigan and leveraging industrial contracts along with, private and personal investments, developed a new and novel fuel cell technology that did not require pure hydrogen as a fuel cell like most fuel cell technologies. The GEI X1 high temperature PEM fuel cell and power generation systems technology was developed and delivered to a U.S. diesel truck auxiliary equipment OEM for laboratory testing with diesel fuel for possible on-board APU[1] applications for class 7/8 long distance freight trucks.

The GEI X1 was integrated with a third party off-the-shelve device (fuel reformer) to extract less-than-pure hydrogen (40-60%) from low sulfur diesel fuel for a 6-week in-lab OEM trial program. Although the GEI X1 fuel cell technology performed as expected and produced electrical power with non-pure hydrogen extracted from diesel fuel, the third party fuel reforming technology was deemed unreliable due to two internal failures and repairs.

Fuel Reforming Technology:

Subsequently, GEI continued their fuel cell electric power systems development efforts combined with a new quest to develop the GEI fuel reforming technology as to ensure the design quality of a core component necessary for long term success within global market for multi-fuel applications. Our focus was on the development of a tightly integrated Hydrogen extraction system combined with our innovative fuel cell electric power generation system with each sub-system supplying the energy and resource requirements of each other.

This symbiotic and inter-dependent “end-to-end” relationship between sub systems is similar to the design philosophy adopted by Apple and Steve Jobs resulting in the development of the Apple I-MAC, the I-Phone, the I-PAD, and the rest is history. No other fuel cell company in the world has developed an integrated hydrogen reforming technology that leverages the thermal resources of a high temperature PEM fuel cell electric power system operating at 160C leading to a significantly increased system efficiency due to a reduced inlet natural gas fuel consumption.

Blue Ocean Design

This effort was vital as GEI was not focused on developing niche products for a niche markets, but was focused on markets that could leverage the most abundant existing fuel infrastructure around the globe, i.e. natural gas and methane. The design focus also addressed a critical concern with both developed and developing countries, that is an aging electrical grid struggling to keep up with annual increases in load demands, and combined with ever increasing power outages due to weather related outages, i.e. Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, for countries with a centralized power plant and without an electrical grid, newly discovered natural gas resources represents a huge opportunity for citizens to have not only staple electricity, but for many, they can now have combined heat and electric power for the first time, ever. This symbiotic and inter-dependent “end-to-end” relationship between sub systems is similar to the design philosophy adopted by Apple and Steve Jobs resulting in the development of the Apple I-MAC, the I-Phone, the I-PAD, and the rest is history. No other fuel cell company in the world has developed an integrated hydrogen reforming technology that leverages the thermal resources of a high temperature PEM fuel cell electric power system operating at 160C leading to a significantly increased system efficiency due to a reduced inlet natural gas fuel consumption.

This effort was vital as GEI was not focused on developing niche products for a niche markets, but was focused on markets that could leverage the most abundant existing fuel infrastructure around the globe, i.e. natural gas and methane. The design focus also addressed a critical concern with both developed and developing countries, that is an aging electrical grid struggling to keep up with annual increases in load demands, and combined with ever increasing power outages due to weather related outages, i.e. Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, for countries with a centralized power plant and without an electrical grid, newly discovered natural gas resources represents a huge opportunity for citizens to have not only staple electricity, but for many, they can now have combined heat and electric power for the first time, ever.

Military Battlefield Applications:History-2

GEI proceeded with the on-going development of an integrated fuel reforming and fuel cell electric power generation system with discussion with a major military power systems supplier. The application included the use of high sulfur content JP-8 jet fuel for an on-board fuel cell APU for tracked wheeled combat vehicles, i.e. Tanks, as shown to the right. GEI was engaged to determine a possible “form and fit” analysis due the adaptability and flexibility of the GEI fuel cell power systems technology design.

Working with aGEI Fuel Cell Graphic major OEM military supplier GEI was able to develop an integrated power solution package within the required space claim. The model as shown to the right provided a space claim solution for the GEI power systems APU technology for the Abrahams tank and using high-sulfur diesel fuel as hydrogen feed source for hydrogen extraction.

The military has a particularly high level of interest in reducing fuel consumption considering that WW1 soldiers required about 2 gallons per solider per day, and Dessert Storm soldiers requires 80 gallons per soldiers per day. Fuel requirements are expected to increase even more with energy based weapons.

GEI was further contracted to develop and to evaluate advanced high-sulfur diesel fuel reforming technology for hydrogen extraction. This development effort further helped to solidify and to advance the GEI expertise for multi-fuel hydrogen extraction technology.

Air Force Military Tow Tractor:History-4

GEI was contracted to retrofit an electric military vehicle to include an on-board fuel cell electric battery charging system. The Air Force hybrid vehicle contained high power density batteries and the GEI fuel cell electric power generator for on-board battery charging with hydrogen as a fuel source. An example of a tow tractor vehicle is shown to the right.

The Air Force tow tractor was used to place military fighter jets around the air field and the GEI fuel cell electric power systems technology was evaluated for on-board battery charging to reduce air and noise pollution during operations.  In-field test results were used to further advance both the GEI high current power electronics technology and the GEI fuel cell systems integration experience. The project also highlighted the ability to re-configure the GEI power systems hardware for different space claims.

Bio Fuel PoHistory-5wer Generation:

GEI was contracted to provide its high temperature PEM fuel cell power generation technology for a third party bio-alcohol fuel reforming company located in Athens, Greece.  The demonstration program was to evaluate the ability of the bio-alcohol reforming technology to provide a sufficient hydrogen fuel quality for fuel cell electric power production.

The program further highlighted GEI’s ability for providing flexible fuel cell power systems technology for use with multi-fuels. The Greece customer subsequently ordered a second unit.History-6

Academic Laboratory:

Kettering University contracted GEI to provide a laboratory based fuel cell power generation system to support undergraduate, graduate, and pre-college educational and research programs. Unit was designed to operate with a third party natural gas fuel reformer and also operates on hydrogen.

 GEI Global Energy Corp. (“GEI USA”): is a Flint, Michigan corporation formed in 2007 that focused on commercializing technology to accelerate the transition to the hydrogen and fuel cell economy. As such, GEI (www.geifuelcells.com) has a bold new vision for technological innovation that will drive the fuel cell systems supply chain, reduce overall system cost, and accelerate the adoption of fuel cell power systems worldwide. GEI is part of the Fuel Cell and Sustainable/Alternative Energy industry and has a target market that includes portable and on-board power generation applications.  This includes stationary power systems that are efficient and clean, have near-zero emissions, and maintain silent operations in the 5kW to 50kW nominal power range producing 12/24 VDC and 120/208 VAC Three-Phase Power. Systems also include 8kWh-16kWh of internal high density energy storage.

GEI is commercializing the GEI X5 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) that employ high temperature PEM Fuel Cells capable of hydrogen extraction from various fuel sources (i.e. diesel, propane, natural gas, methanol, ethanol, bio-diesel, and other bio-renewable fuels). As such, GEI power solutions are independent of the hydrogen infrastructure and do not require pure hydrogen for electric power production. The GEI X5 also provide multiple reconfigurable power output channels that are flexible by design to accommodate multiple concurrent application loads operating at different power and voltage levels.

GEI Provides:

  • High-Temperature PEM Fuel Cell Power Systems Design and Innovation Solutions Leading to Commercialization
  • Innovative Stack Design
  • Innovative Power Electronics Design
  • APU Systems Design and Innovation
  • APU Manufacturing Design

GEI has previously received funding from a key corporate strategic partner, Ingersoll Rand.  In addition, the company received capital from private investors, as well as both Automation Alley and the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  The primary use of funds to date has been allocated towards prototype development for GEI’s initial product application in commercial transport.

GEI Global Corp.’s Remarkable Milestones Include:
  • Design and fabrication of re-programmable DC-DC converter and Power Electronics International Patent.
  • Design and fabrication International Patent of 5kW liquid cooled high-temperature PEM fuel cell stack for multiple industry applications.2C History photo
  • Demonstrated reduction of size, weight, and cost for high-temperature PEM fuel cells integrated with steam reforming International Patented technology.
  • Demonstrated use of the GEI X5 high-temperature PEM fuel cell use with military JP8 diesel fuel reformat–an industry first.
  • Design, fabrication, and delivery of high-temperature PEM auxiliary power unit prototype for commercial transport applications (delivery shown to the right at Ingersoll Rand)
  • Design and fabrication of new GEN III high temperature PEM fuel cell stack with 30% power density increase.
  • Signed a 2009 contract with General Dynamics to develop a virtual 3D CAD model for a 5kw-10kW high temperature PEM fuel cell APU for the Abrams tank. In addition, GEI is also a sub-contractor for the 2009 TARDEC BAA (Broad Agency Announcement) for military contractor ATK (New York) for the development of 10kW high-temperature fuel cell APU for the M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicle.
GEI Global Developed International Patented Innovations:
  • High temperature and high power density PEM fuel cell stack with a unique mineral oil based active cooling technology,
  • Catalytic hydrogen extraction and fuel reforming technology for natural gas and gaseous bio fuels,
  • Integrated fuel cell power systems and battery energy storage hardware controls and software technology, and;
  • Integrated combined heat and electric power system with symbiotic hydrogen extraction.
  • High power density battery storage module as an auxiliary product as competition for the Elon Musk “Power Wall” residential battery storage for solar integration.

On August 15, 2013 Global Energy Innovations, Inc., the Michigan private company merged with SUJA Minerals, Inc., a public company listed on the OTCQB. SUJA Minerals, Inc. was originally incorporated as a State of Nevada public company on April 28, 2010 to conduct exploration activities on the Crawford Creek Property located in British Columbia, Canada. Post-merger, the combined entity, now public, changed its name from SUJA Minerals, Inc. to GEI Global Energy Corp. with a trading ticker of GEIG.

GEI GLOBAL as a public vehicle is focused on the development of next-generation fuel cells to provide electric power at costs significantly below the average cost of electricity from traditional power sources, such as oil, natural gas, and coal-fired electric power plants. The GEI proprietary High Temperature PEM (Polymer Exchange Membrane) fuel cell electrical power generation systems technology represents an advantage in terms of performance, scalability, and efficiency.

Bio Fuel Application:

GEI Global was contracted to provide a demo fuel reforming unit to extract hydrogen from a synthetic bio gas. The reformed hydrogen was subsequently used to generate power for a third party fuel cell power system.  The demo project provided further opportunities to expand the system’s abilities for synthetic fuels and also showed the flexibility of the technology to adapt to varying energy applications.

The aforementioned applications highlight the GEI GLOBAL fuel cell electric power systems development effort since conception, and document the technology maturity level. The current technology iteration is the GEI-X5 and represents the fifth generation of updates and enhancements based upon field experiences.

During this period, GEI Global has developed the following patent pending innovations:

  • High temperature and high power density PEM fuel cell stack with a unique mineral oil based active cooling technology,
  • Catalytic hydrogen extraction and fuel reforming technology for natural gas and gaseous bio fuels,
  • Integrated fuel cell power systems and battery energy storage hardware controls and software technology, and;
  • Integrated combined heat and electric power system with symbiotic hydrogen extraction.
  • High power density battery storage module as an auxiliary product as competition for the Elon Musk “Power Wall” residential battery storage for solar integration.

[1] APU: Auxiliary Power Unit