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Department of Energy

The Company views the DOE/NETL as a critical partner in it's ongoing technology development efforts.

In 1999, the DOE, through its Advanced Turbine Engine Program at the National Energy Technology Laboratory ("NETL"), became aware of Ramgen's research involving supersonic shock wave compression technology and its application to electric power generation.

The DOE/NETL scientists' knowledge of the technology, in addition to funding, has been important on a number of fronts.

  In April, 2002, the DOE/NETL conducted a two day Design Review of the Company's technology at the NASA Glenn facility outside Cleveland, Ohio. This Design Review involved approximately 20 prominent scientists from the DOE, Department of Defense, and NASA, as well as a team of Ramgen scientists. In addition to confirming and endorsing the potential of the Company's technology, this Design Review led to the critical shift in focus that forms the basis for the Company's current technology development plan.

  In the summer of 2002, the DOE introduced the Company to the California Energy Commission's ("CEC") Public Interest Energy Research ("PIER") Program, and recommended Ramgen's technology as a high priority for cooperative development.

  In 2003 DOE invited Ramgen to participate in the US-Norway Bilateral Cooperation Workshop on New Energy Technology. Ramgen was subsequently asked to present at the May 2004 annual meeting. These meetings, in addition to a request by DOE for Ramgen to assess whether it’s technology had application on CO2 compression, led to the CO2 compressor initiatives that are at the heart of Ramgen’s product development strategy today.

  In November, 2002, the DOE introduced the Company's technology and scientists to the U.S. Department of Defense's ("DoD") hybrid fuel cell program because of the potential of the compression technology to increase efficiencies in combination with fuel cells.

  In August 2005 Ramgen Power Systems application "CO2 Compression Using Super Sonic Shock Wave Technology" was selected by the Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory for award under the Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-PS26-05NT42380-4 entitled "Enabling Turbine Technologies for High-Hydrogen Fuels". DOE announcement is available at:
http://www.netl.doe.gov/publications/press/2005/tl_turbine_award.html


  In March 2008 the DOE authorized Ramgen to begin the Phase 2 Design and Validation Testing part of our Development Plan.

  In July 2008 the DOE conducted a detailed review of Ramgen’s approach to Computational Fluid Dynamic modeling. The experts at NETL found our processes sound and offered suggestions for improvement.

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