Voller Energy Group PLC
16 October 2006
16 October 2006
Voller Energy Group PLC (the 'Company')
AGM Trading and Technical Update
The preliminary results of the Company were announced on 6 September and I would
now like to update you with the progress that has been made on development
activities since that date.
In April 2006, the Company announced a series of milestones leading to
commercial availability of fuel cell auxiliary power units (APUs) by the end of
2007. These APUs have the advantage of working from widely available hydrocarbon
fuels such as Calor Gas, propane or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Most other
fuel cell systems require pure hydrogen, which is not yet commonly available.
As part of the Company's strategy of using the best available technologies,
Voller has been investigating a number of reformer technologies which enable
fuel cells to run on hydrocarbon fuels. As a result, the Company is pleased to
announce that it has also developed a prototype 1kW system based on steam
reforming and has already demonstrated that using this technology, the Company
can generate 1kW equivalent of hydrogen gas, therefore meeting the objectives of
the 2006 Q3 milestone.
The steam reforming system demonstrates consistently high gas quality (>75%
hydrogen, 1% methane and almost no carbon monoxide) and more importantly yields
much higher efficiency than the pyrolysis unit when used with proton exchange
membrane (PEM) fuel cells. This means that for a given amount of fuel, the APU
will generate twice as much electricity.
It was envisaged that the early PEM trial units would be based on the Company's
pyrolysis reformer technology but as a result of these advances, the Company now
expects that the first field trial units will utilise the more efficient steam
reformer technology. The Company still envisages potential opportunities for the
pyrolysis system in higher power applications and for more complex hydrocarbon
fuels such as diesel, kerosene and JP-8.
The Company is on track to deliver commercial products to address our target
markets of construction, leisure and the military. We believe that this will put
us significantly ahead of our competitors. Furthermore, as a result of these
developments we have significantly enhanced our IP and know-how in fuel
reforming technology and fuel cell system integration.
Voller Energy continues to look for new opportunities for growth both
domestically and on an international basis. The Company believes that it is on
track to achieve the Q4 milestone of the integration and test of a 1kW reformer
and fuel cell stack, and remains on target to deliver 1kW commercially available
fuel cells by the end of 2007.
Voller Energy Group PLC 01256 813 900
Stephen Voller, Chief Executive
Hudson Sandler 020 7796 4133
Nick Lyon / James White / Amy Faulconbridge
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