Strategic & Business Partners
IEP has entered into an agreement with Total Petroleum for the development of IEP’s Geothermic Fuel Cell (GFC) technology and related applications. In addition to financial support, Total provides IEP and its technical and strategic partners ongoing technical contributions under a technology collaboration arrangement. Total is a leading multinational energy company with 96,000 employees and operations in more than 130 countries. Together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, Total is the fourth largest, publicly traded, integrated international oil and gas company in the world.
Uintah Gateway Holdings
Uintah Gateway Holdings, LLC is a privately-held company with its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Company was formed by its managing member, Uintah Resources, Inc. to consolidate its synergistic assets into one holding company. UGH is currently the master developer of the Uintah Gateway™ Project which is being designed and master planned as an industrial development project for the long-term, environmental processing of crude oil and other heavy hydrocarbon resources from the Uintah Basin of Northeastern Utah and surrounding regions. Phase I of the Gateway Project, currently budgeted at $1.2 billion will be operated by a subsidiary company. Members of the Uintah group are comprised of individuals with extensive experience in the technical, business and financial areas of the oil and gas industry, with long histories of successful project, technology and resource development.
IEP has entered into a business relationship with Delphi Powertrain Systems. Delphi is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for the automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. Delphi will utilize their proven, Gen 3 SOFC stacks and work with IEP to integrate these stacks into GFC modules. The initial prototype design work is underway and the first prototype module is scheduled for delivery first quarter of 2013.
Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
For development of the GFC technology, IEP has engaged Battelle/ Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL). PNNL is a national research laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. Battelle/PNNL and is a recognized expert in the development and adaptation and commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology central to the Geothermic Fuel Cell approach. Battelle/PNNL has extensive laboratory and modeling capabilities and an experienced staff in all aspects of SOFC design, characterization, assembly and testing.
Idaho National Labs
IEP is working with Idaho National Labs (INL) to better understand the geo-mechanical behavior of the formation when heated by the GFCs. INL is a recognized national laboratory and has specilized skills in peforming advanced in modeling tightly coupled physical process in the subsurface. The results of this study will allow IEP to efficiently place the GFCs to maximize oil and gas recovery.
Colorado Fuel Cell Center at Colorado School of Mines
IEP is working with the Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC) at the Colorado School of Mines, to test the prototype GFC units. The prototype GFC units will be tested in stages at CFCC under the direction of Dr. Neal Sullivan and Dr. Rob Braun. Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Braun and thier team will be testing the prototype units in various environments and conditions and the results will help to refine the design of the GFC modules and system. The testing will provide valuable feedback and validate the GFC design prior to the field demonstration.
Major Oilfield Services Company
IEP is in advanced discussions with two of the leading oilfield services companies to obtain expertise in drilling/operations management and fractionation techniques. It is expected that one of these firms will take a leading role in managing the field development of IEP’s operations of GFC installations.