GEI Global Energy Corp. was originally formed as a Kettering University spin-out 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a major OEM military supplier GEI was able to develop an integrated power solution package mock-up within the required space claim. The CAD model as shown 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.
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.
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.
GEI was contracted to provide its high temperature PEM fuel cell power generation technology for a third party bio-alcohol fuel reforming European company. 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.
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.
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.
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.