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Hydrogen Engine Center Ships First Anhydrous Ammonia-Fueled Power Unit for Testing

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of alternative-fueled internal combustion engines and distributed power generation equipment, today announced the shipment of its first ammonia-fueled power unit for testing purposes. The power unit, equipped with an Oxx Power 4.9L engine outfitted with HEC's proprietary controls and fuel delivery system, has been shipped to TGP West in California. The engine will run primarily on anhydrous ammonia, with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a catalyst fuel for this test. The clean power supplied by this unit will be used to irrigate a walnut grove and provide water for a cattle ranch in the San Luis Obispo area.

Hydrogen Engine Center President and Chief Executive Officer Ted Hollinger stated, "Our mission to reduce dependency on foreign oil by developing products powered with cost effective, carbonless fuel is one step closer to being a reality. We are pleased that, in a relatively short period of time, we have developed the technology to a point where we are ready to begin full field trials. We believe that implementing ammonia as a carbonless fuel with our Oxx Power products will open new markets that have been dominated by fossil fuel powered engines for decades."

Don Vanderbrook, COO of HEC, added, "We view this as an affirmation of our ammonia-based platform. It is a natural progression to prove the robustness of the system, while allowing us to gather critical field trial data. We believe this is a very significant event in HEC's journey."

Vanderbrook continued, "We believe ammonia is the enabler to the hydrogen economy in that there is an established manufacturing and distribution infrastructure in place around the world, and the fact that anhydrous ammonia is the greatest carrier of hydrogen, at 17.6% hydrogen by weight. We are developing the means to operate engines effectively on this fuel, and intend to continue to further optimize the platform."

Mike Schiltz, HEC's Vice President of Engine Development, said, "Our engineers and technicians worked diligently to develop our ammonia-powered engine, and now we are ready to unveil the product. It combines our proven Oxx Power engine with our proprietary control and fuel management technology. These irrigation pumps represent just one of a multitude of anticipated applications."

Vanderbrook concluded, "Californian law requires that approximately 50,000 irrigation pumps in the state need to be converted to non-polluting fuels by 2010. We believe that a successful field test of the Oxx Power engine would give us a significant advantage in bidding for that business."

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