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Energy saving 'Hydro-charger' to be launched

Press Release from Renewable Energy New Zealand (RENZ)

Evolutionary, energy saving Hydro-charger™ to be launched in Queenstown

Queenstown, November 21: A breakthrough device that can be retrofitted to any internal combustion engine to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions is to be internationally launched in Queenstown, New Zealand early next month.

The Hydro Fuel System Hydro-charger™ hybrid device has been developed by American companies Global Energy Options and H to-go™ and is heralded as providing an alternative, inexpensive and safe way of powering the internal combustion engine. New Zealand company Vision Energy New Zealand owns the New Zealand distribution rights for the device. The Hydro-charger™ provides an on-demand supply of hydrogen that can transform a standard car, truck, digger or any combustion engine into a powerful, super efficient, ultra-low-emission, Hydro-charged™ machine.

A special one-day preview event is to be held at the Queenstown Events Centre on December 11. The preview is open to the public and will feature presentations by the manufacturer of the product, renewable energy advocates, product users and government officials. The Hydro-charger™ will be demonstrated in a variety of applications including cars, buses, farm equipment and others.

The December 11 technology launch will also mark the start of the Hydrogen Challenge: New Zealand where a variety of retrofitted vehicles will have fuel use and emissions carefully monitored and measured against pre established benchmarks. The Hydrogen Challenge: New Zealand has been designed to prove the efficiency of the unit to high fuel use businesses such as taxi drivers, transport firms and tourism operators.

H to-go CEO Richard Presley says the Hydro-charger™ is capable of delivering on-demand hydrogen power for all internal combustion engines.

“The applications for on-demand energy generated from hydrogen are almost limitless. The Hydro-charger™ eliminates many of the previous challenges surrounding the establishment of a hydrogen economy. The on-demand extraction of hydrogen from water eliminates issues such as the safe carriage of compressed cylinders of explosive gas, the need for safe storage, transportation and associated distribution logistics. It is also far more economical than hydrogen extracted from fossil fuels.”

“The Hydro Fuel System will save New Zealand and New Zealanders carbon credits and money. While not yet on sale here, it will soon offer fuel savings of up to 70% and emission reductions of 70 – 80% at a very affordable price.”

H to-go and Global Energy Options were invited by Renewable Energy New Zealand (RENZ) to launch its Hydro-charger™ in Queenstown, New Zealand.

RENZ is a Queenstown based charitable trust dedicated to supporting projects that promote the use of renewable energy. RENZ Chairman and Professor Emeritus of Otago University, Blair Fitzharris said RENZ discovered the Hydro-charger™ product and immediately forged plans to launch it in New Zealand,
“The Hydro-charger ™ is not truly renewable energy, however, it may provide such an affordable and simple step forward in the drive to reduce carbon emissions and save fossil fuel that RENZ could not possibly ignore the opportunity.

“New Zealand is a perfect venue for such a launch. The government has voiced intentions to become carbon neutral, the country is internationally regarded as ‘clean and green’ and recognized for providing enthusiastic support for climate change ambassadors such as Al Gore.”

“The impact of the Hydro-charger™, if it does what it purports to do, could be a major turning point in the move towards sustainable energy. New Zealand spends $4.6 billion every year on imported fossil fuel, anyone with a calculator can figure out the immense potential for savings,” says Gary Rovin, Managing Director of Vision Energy Ltd


Info Sheet
Hydrogen Challenge: New Zealand
Preview Event - December 11, 2006, Queenstown, NZ

The potential of hydrogen power has long been heralded as the next big thing in energy but to date no system has delivered on the promise… until now and the debut of the Hydrogen Hybrid.

On Dec. 11, an international collaboration lead by RENZ (Renewable Energy New Zealand) a New Zealand based Charitable Trust, will introduce a Hydro Fuel System™ that can be installed on almost any internal combustion engine to enhance fuel economy, engine performance and energy efficiency. Perhaps best of all the new system dramatically reduces harmful emissions – a source of growing global concern.

The exciting new invention, known as the H ­to-go Hydro-charger™, features patented and patent-pending technology and will be showcased at a special one-day preview event in Queenstown, New Zealand at the Event Centre. The preview is open to the public and will feature presentations by the manufacturer of the product, renewable energy advocates, product users and government officials. The Hydro-charger™ will be demonstrated in a variety of applications including cars, buses, farm equipment and others. (For details see Hydrogen Challenge: New Zealand Preview Event hand-out). Details about a nation-wide 2007 Hydrogen Challenge will also be announced at the event. (See 2007 Hydrogen Challenge hand-out).

What makes the technology so exciting is the ease with which it can be retrofitted to existing internal combustion machines and its ability to convert pure water into hydrogen and oxygen on-demand in a small, on-board unit. The introduction of hydrogen and oxygen into the air stream transforms a standard internal combustion engine into a powerful, super efficient, ultra-low-emission, Hydro-charged™ machine. (For a description of the technology see the hand-out H to-go Hydro-charger™ explained).

The technology offers staggering benefits for the way the world operates, impacting everything from cars and mass transit to trucking, shipping, farm equipment and air travel. Public utilities also stand to gain by upgrading electric generators powered by fossil fuels to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and reliability. Hydrogen hybrids will ease the pressure on dwindling fossil fuel supplies, saving them for more vital needs.

The partnership is launching the product in New Zealand because of that country’s leading role in adopting and promoting pro-environment technologies and systems. Among the entities forming the partnership are: Global Energy Options, Inc. (GEO), H to-go™ Inc., Vision Energy Ltd. and RENZ. In leading this partnership, RENZ is fulfilling its mandate to develop and promote renewable energy programs and projects in New Zealand and support the reduction of fossil fuels and Carbon emissions.

These forward thinking organizations have joined together for a variety of reasons. In addition to benefiting from improved efficiency and reduced costs the partners are keenly aware of the broader impact offered by the technology. New Zealand has the opportunity to harness a timely initiative powering its strategic energy interests. By embracing the technology the country can also make significant progress toward compliance with the Kyoto treaty. The move will also earn Carbon credits and bolster clean, homegrown industries helping stimulate the economy. After decades of talk the promise of hydrogen power may well be on the horizon in New Zealand with the introduction of the Hydro-charger™.


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