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Sure Power Corp. awarded U.S. patent for its high-availability power systems

DANBURY, Conn., Oct. 30, 2001 — The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Sure Power Corp. of Danbury, Conn. a patent for its onsite power generation systems.

The systems are capable of providing 99.9999 percent — or “six nines” — availability over 20 years, a less than one percent chance of failure. Sure Power’s patent covers its core system, which has been powering the critical loads at the First National Bank of Omaha’s technology center since May 1, 1999.

“Our systems can operate indefinitely without any reliance on the existing utility grid because they utilize our unique version of RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Devices) architecture and our proprietary DC bus system,” said Bill Cratty, chief technology officer and co-founder of Sure Power Corp. “Receiving a U.S. patent underscores the ability of our technology to prevent the kinds of power woes that have plagued California businesses for the past year.”

Sure Power’s systems are designed for onsite use by energy-reliant businesses that need a constant flow of computer-grade electricity. Potential users include data centers, telecom hotels, high-tech manufacturing operations and utilities. The systems are available in several configurations capable of generating from a few hundred kilowatts to tens of megawatts of electricity.

“Our products provide better economic value than the traditional, grid-plus-back-up systems that were created before the era of seven-by-24, real-time information processing. Users can rely solely on their Sure Power system for round-the-clock power,” said Sure Power’s chief executive officer, Bill Frederick.

Sure Power’s systems also provide high-availability cooling through a partnership with Trane, the nation’s largest provider of applied commercial and industrial air conditioning systems, equipment, controls, service and parts. The Sure Power-Trane combination allows businesses to create their own electricity onsite while also producing the cooling needed to keep their facilities running efficiently.

Nation’s Largest Privately Owned Bank Runs On Sure Power System

After enduring power outages that left it unable to service its largest corporate customers, the First National Bank of Omaha, the nation’s largest privately owned bank and seventh largest credit card transaction processor, installed a Sure Power system as the primary power source for its new 200,000-square foot Technology Center.

The system in Omaha generates 100 percent of the critical load electricity for the FNBO’s computers and storage devices used to process millions of credit card and banking transactions every day. The system has been running without interruption for more than two years and has provided electricity though numerous grid outages and other utility problems.

About Sure Power Corporation

Sure Power Corporation, a privately-held company located in Danbury, Conn., has applied the principle of RAID architecture (or the Redundant Array of Independent Devices) to the generation of electrical power.

Its systems incorporate multiple generators such as turbines, fuel cells and gas reciprocating engines into patented configurations that do not depend on any individual component to operate.

As a result, Sure Power can guarantee 99.9999 percent energy reliability and computer-grade electricity, equivalent to a one percent chance of failure over 20 years, while also delivering an economic advantage over conventional back-up technologies. Its systems provide users such as data centers, Web hosting hotels, high-tech manufacturing operations and energy utilities with substantially increased uptime, allowing for higher revenues and fewer unexpected losses.

The company has partnerships with both High-Point Rendel and R.W. Beck in the construction, planning and engineering of its systems. More information about Sure Power Corporation can be found at www.surepowersystem.com.