Clean Energy Patent Growth Index 2010 Year End & 4th Quarter Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2011

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HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES
CLEAN ENERGY PATENT GROWTH INDEX
2010 YEAR END AND 4TH QUARTER RESULTS
GRANTED PATENTS HIT RECORD IN 2010
GM TAKES CROWN FROM HONDA
SOLAR, WIND, FUEL CELLS UP
US LEADS WORLD AND CA TAKES STATE LEAD FROM MI

ALBANY, NY—Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is pleased to announce the 2010 year end, and 4th quarter, results for the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) by the firm’s Cleantech Group.

The CEPGI tracks the granting of patents in the Clean Energy sector and monitors important technological breakthroughs in this field. Victor Cardona, Co-chair of the firm’s Cleantech Group stated, “we are pleased to announce that results for the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index indicate that Clean Energy Patents hit a record high in 2010, up over 700 patents relative to 2009. GM took the yearly Clean Energy Patent Crown from Honda in 2010 while U.S. patent owners hold more U.S. patents than any other country. Also, solar patents passed wind patents in 2010 while fuel cells continued to lead.”

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the Clean Energy sector since 2002 in the U.S., along with Leading Patent Owners and Leading Country and State information. Results through the fourth quarter of 2010 reveal the CEPGI for 2010 to be at its highest level ever at 1181 granted patents, up over 170 percent, as depicted below. This is the largest year to year jump since we began tracking clean energy patents by over three times the previous year to year difference. This compares to a 31 percent increase generally for all patents from 2009 to 2010 – which was the best showing ever for patents generally. Clean energy innovation is clearly far outpacing technology in general.

As depicted in the below breakdown of the CEPGI by its sub-components, patents in fuel cells and wind were each up over fifty seven percent over 2009. Solar patents were up an astounding 134 percent while hybrid/electric vehicles were up sixty percent. Tidal energy and biomass/biofuel energy patents were up twenty eight and forty one percent, respectively, at fourteen patents each. Hydroelectric patents were up sixteen patents, an over five hundred percent increase. Geothermal patents was the only sector that decreased at five less patents than 2009, a fifty percent decrease. All of the technology sectors, except geothermal, were at all time highs in 2010, surpassing all previous records.

GM took the annual clean energy patent crown from last year’s winner Honda. Samsung jumped to second place, largely on the strength of its fuel cell patents, overtaking Honda and Toyota relative to 2009. Toyota increased its annual total by 20 patents to get fourth place while GE increased by thirty to place in fifth. Nissan (6th), Ford (8th) and Hyundai (9th) rounded out the automobile competitors for 2010. GE placed fifth predominantly on the strength of its wind patents which was over twice the number of patents of its nearest wind patent competitor in 2010, Vestas Wind Systems. Panasonic came in 7th in 2010 to tie its 2009 showing on the strength of its fuel cell patents and exceeded the 29 patents from 2009 by five patents, after having had only 6 in all the prior years. Hitachi rounded out the top 10 with 23 patents which were predominantly in the fuel cell and wind areas. Canon, far and away the solar photovoltaic patent leader since 2002, missed the top ten with a 12th place showing in 2010 at 15 patents.

Geographically, US patent owners held far more US clean energy patents than any other individual country in 2010. Japan, Korea and the US appear to be on an upward trajectory with the US taking a huge leap in 2010 after being on a slight uptrend from the time tracking began until 2009. South Korea surpassed Canada in 2008 and Germany in 2010. Germany trends slightly upwardly while the others are holding steady and the number of Canadian clean energy patents slightly decreasing. Looking at 2010 in more detail, Denmark (33) and France (29) fall between Canada (24) and Taiwan (40). China made a showing at 15 clean energy patents which far surpassed its previous high of 6 in 2009. Great Britain followed with 13 patents while Israel and Switzerland had nine clean energy patents in 2010.

Looking at the U.S. data in more detail, California overtook Michigan as the leading US state for clean energy patents in 2010 despite huge increases from both states of over 90 patents each. New York also had a big jump of 40 patents over the prior year. Smaller increases were found for Illinois, Connecticut and Texas while Massachusetts declined by two patents. Connecticut and Massachusetts tied at 30 in 2010 while Ohio (25) and Pennsylvania (tying Texas at 24) weren’t far behind. Florida at 23 rounded out the states having over 20 clean energy patents in 2010. Others had big increases including Oregon up 10, Virginia up 13, Delaware up 12, and New Mexico up 14.

Further information regarding the CEPGI is available at www.cleanenergypatentgrowthindex.com. Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is dedicated exclusively to representing clients in the protection and commercialization of intellectual property, both domestic and foreign, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has gained national recognition in the area of Intellectual Property Law and was listed among the “Top Patent Firms” and “Top Trademark Firms” in Intellectual Property Law Today.

Email inquiries at vac@hrfmlaw.com.

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Sunetric Offers Free Solar PV Systems to Raise Money for Japan

HONOLULU— www.hawaiiredcross.org, www.withaloha.org and www.Sunetric.com — Sunetric, Hawaii’s largest locally owned and operated solar installer, has donated two solar photovoltaic systems to raise funds for two local charities assisting Japan. The first is the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter and the second is the “With Aloha” Foundation. Donations raised through the website www.solarforjapan.com will go directly to the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter and the “With Aloha” Foundation to aid in the relief efforts. Donors of $10 or more will automatically be entered to win one of the solar arrays. Winners for both PV systems will be drawn live on ESPN radio’s Bobby Curran Show on Monday, May 2.

More than 12,100 people have been confirmed dead and nearly a half million people are homeless in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit north-east Japan on March 11. Funds are urgently needed for food, water, medicine, shelter and clothing. The first donation benefits American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. The American Red Cross has been a primary source of support for the residents in the wake of the disasters in Japan. “We are so grateful to Sunetric for their compassion in this time of great tragedy. Their efforts in raising much needed funds for the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami relief effort will help us save lives and give hope to those in need. We cannot thank them enough for their wonderful contribution to the cause of humanity,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter.

The second donated PV system supports the “With Aloha” Foundation which is holding a fundraiser on April 9 at the Pagoda Hotel. Presented by aio, the fundraiser is a block party, benefit concert, and food tasting featuring 24 local restaurants and entertainers from around the world. Proceeds from this event, along with donations raised by the solar giveaway, will be sent to Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan, where many of the earthquake and tsunami victims are receiving care.

“We are so thankful for Sunetric’s generosity in donating not one, but two, photovoltaic systems to help raise funds for the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami,” said Susan Eichor, aio President & COO. “With Aloha is a community inspired movement of Hawaii organizations coming together and helping those in need. We are humbled to partner with companies like Sunetric to support Japan …With Aloha.”

The $15,000 solar arrays are projected to save an average household more than $100 per month. Both donated systems are identical and offer ten Trina PV panels of 230 Watts per panel. They come with 3000W Centralized Inverters and 25-year production warranties. The systems must be installed on the island of Oahu, but winners can transfer their prizes to a friend or family member. Donors to the Japan relief efforts will automatically be entered to win. To register, go to www.SolarForJapan.com. For every $10 donation, one entry to the drawing will be given. For $20, two entries will be given and so on. No purchase or donation is necessary.

“As a local company, Sunetric is proud to be involved in the effort to provide help and kokua for Japan,” said Sunetric Founder Sean Mullen. “Through this partnership, Oahu residents can make a difference for Japan’s people, while also getting an opportunity to switch to solar.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

About aio:

aio is a family of businesses specializing in media, technology, sports and food. Media include: Hawaii Business, Island Family, Honolulu, Hawaii Home + Remodeling, Hawai‘i, Hawaii-Ai, Ala Moana and Whalers Village magazines; Hawaii Buyer’s Guide and Lei Chic (online newsletter)and ESPN 1400 and 1500 AM (radio). Other aio companies include: Watermark Publishing (books), Obun Hawaii Group (printing), Upspring Media (software and websites), Talisman LBS (mobile marketing), B. Hayman Co. (commercial turf), Punalu‘u Bake Shop, Hukilau Honolulu Restaurant, Nutricopia (food) and HWB Foundation.

About Sunetric:

Founded in 2004 by Sean and Beth-Ann Mullen, Sunetric is Hawaii’s largest locally owned and operated solar installer. Since its inception, Sunetric has designed and installed more PV than any other company in the state and is responsible for nearly 60,000 solar panels and 12.5 megawatts of solar installed across all islands, providing the equivalent greenhouse gas benefit of taking 3,000 vehicles off Hawaii roads each year. Hawaii’s first SunPower Elite dealer, Sunetric has installed several of the largest photovoltaic systems in Hawaii, including Kona Commons shopping center on the Big Island, Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai, and Y. Hata on Oahu. Visit www.sunetric.com for more information.


FACT SHEET
Sunetric’s Solar PV giveaways benefit American Red Cross and “With Aloha” Foundation

Who: American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter, “With Aloha” Foundation and Sunetric.

What: Online Giveaway of two (2) donated $15,000 solar photovoltaic systems ($30,000 total).

Why: To support the victims of Japan’s disasters through the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter and “With Aloha” Foundation.

How: Register at www.SolarForJapan.com. No purchase or donation necessary. Every $10 donation automatically gets one entry to the drawing; every $20 gets two entries, and so on.

When: Register online now through May 1. Winners will be drawn live on ESPN radio’s Bobby Curran Show on Monday, May 2.

SYSTEM DETAILS
• Value: $15,000
• Ten 230W Modules
• Brand of Panel: TRINA
• Unirac Sunframe Compression Racking System
• 3000W Centralized Inverter
• $105.28 per month savings
• $1,263.36 per year savings
• Installation and permitting included for the island of Oahu
• Giveaway transferrable on the island of Oahu
• Installation must begin on or before May 1, 2012

WARRANTIES
• 5 Years for the module
• 25 Years for production

FOR MEDIA ONLY: For an electronic version of these documents or images, please contact Julie Ford at (808) 593-2890 or Julie@schweitzerconsulting.com.

Intelligent Energy Raises £7 Million to Accelerate Commercialisation Plans in Further Material Up Round

Loughborough UK, 14th April, 2011 – Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, today announced it has recently completed a fundraising round of approximately £7 million ($11 million) from existing and new institutional shareholders. This investment, achieved through a placement at £1.70 per share, enables Intelligent Energy to accelerate the commercialisation of its advanced fuel cell power systems.

“This material up round helps us to further accelerate the commercialisation of our clean power systems,” commented Dr. Mark Lawson-Statham, Director of Corporate Finance at Intelligent Energy. “We are experiencing real customer pull for our fuel cell power systems across our market segments. This is not surprising, as like us, a number of our partners and customers are seeing major commercial tipping points across the automotive, consumer electronic, backup power and combined heat and power markets.”

Late last year, the company announced its joint venture with Scottish and Southern Energy, IECHP (UK and Eire) Ltd., had received a £3.7 million investment from Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Enterprise and Intelligent Energy, to continue the development of fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) systems for residential, commercial and light industrial markets in the UK and Ireland.

“Volatile oil prices and the fragility of our current energy infrastructure, further highlights the need for clean and reliable energy technologies,” said Dr. Henri Winand, Chief Executive of Intelligent Energy. “This investment allows us to continue the commercialisation of our fuel cell technology, some of which is already undergoing public road testing. Our Fuel Cell Black Cabs have debuted on the streets of London, while the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter recently obtained European Whole Vehicle Type Approval – a first for any fuel cell vehicle.”

About Intelligent Energy

Intelligent Energy is a global clean power systems company, with a range of leading fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies. The company partners with leading global companies in the transportation, oil and gas, aerospace, defence, distributed generation and portable power markets. Current partners and customers include Scottish & Southern Energy plc and The Suzuki Motor Corporation, with whom Intelligent Energy built the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, a recent recipient of European Whole Vehicle Type Approval, which qualifies the scooter as safe to use on EU public roads. Other successes include developing the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike and supplying the fuel cell system to Boeing which powered the world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft.