PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 -- Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power Corporation (OTCBB: AFPW) (the 'Company'), through its U.S. operating subsidiary, announced today that it has received a Purchase Order/Contract from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command to make certain modifications to the Portable Balloon Inflation System (PBIS)-2000 prototype unit which was delivered and paid for under contract in late April, 2012.
Following on-site training in Florida by AlumiFuel Power engineers, Air Force Special Operations users conducted additional testing of the prototype unit. These Air Force operations personnel, in close collaboration with the Company, identified 14 items to improve and upgrade the functionality and user-friendliness of the unit in the field. The unit has been shipped back to the company for the modifications. Upon completion of the modifications in 4Q 2012, this prototype unit will be returned to the Air Force customer for further testing and deployment for field trials in an overseas environment. Once the field trials are completed, the Company anticipates orders for production versions of the PBIS-2000 hydrogen lift gas generator and AlumiFuel cartridges from the Air Force and other potential customers worldwide. AlumiFuel Power's PBIS marketing lead, Mr. Ed Figelman (see AFPW news release of Sep 12, 2012), has received numerous queries about the PBIS-2000 from potential customers around the world.
The current weather balloon lift gas market is estimated to be $200 million per year, and encompasses military as well as civil government meteorological users worldwide. Traditionally, helium has been used as the primary lift gas for weather balloons, but with the increasing scarcity and cost of helium, users are rapidly switching to hydrogen and the Company's PBIS family is far more mobile, safe, and cost effective than other on-site hydrogen generation systems. After purchasing any unit of the PBIS family, typical customers would continue to purchase replacement cartridges to launch up to 700 balloons per unit each year (up to 4,200 cartridges).
Mr. David Cade, The President & CEO of AlumiFuel Power Technologies, Inc., AFPW's operating subsidiary, said, 'Testing of the PBIS-2000 prototype by Air Force Special Operations, and their identified improvements to the unit, confirm the uniqueness of AlumiFuel Power's technology and the superiority of PBIS lift gas systems solutions compared to other hydrogen lift gas methods and products.'
About AlumiFuel Power Corporation
AlumiFuel Power Corporation, through its U.S. operating subsidiary, AlumiFuel Power Technologies, Inc., is an early production stage alternative energy company that generates hydrogen gas and heat through the chemical reaction of aluminum, water, and proprietary additives. This technology is ideally suited for multiple applications requiring on-site, on-demand fuel sources, serving National Security and commercial customers. The Company's hydrogen generation feeds fuel cells for backup and portable power, provides lift gas for weather balloons, and can replace costly, hard-to-handle and high pressure K-Cylinders. Its hydrogen/heat output is also being designed and developed to power fuel cell-based and turbine-based undersea propulsion and auxiliary power systems. The Company has significant differentiators in performance, adaptability, safety and cost-effectiveness in its target market applications, with no external power required and no toxic chemicals or by-products
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