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First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Water Taxi on San Francisco Bay Powered by Anuvu(Where Else But? ed.)

Boat Demonstrates Potential For Marine Vehicles To Have Less Polluting, Quieter Engines

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 16 -- The first zero-emission, hydrogen-fueled public water taxi on the San Francisco Bay is powered by a fuel cell engine from Anuvu Incorporated and will be demonstrated for attendees at the World Maritime Technology Exposition on Monday, October 20. The partially government-funded boat illustrates the real-life feasibility of environmentally conscious marine transportation initiatives and the specialized features that Anuvu's fuel cells provide for the maritime transportation industry.

The water taxi runs on an Anuvu Power-X(TM) fuel cell/battery electric hybrid engine. The result of nearly ten years of research and development, Anuvu's Power-X fuel cells are cleaner and quieter than current marine vehicle engines. Emitting only heat and water vapor, Anuvu's fuel cells allow government ferries, commercial marine fleets, and recreational boats to have environmentally friendly engines. The robustness of Power-X fuel cells provides unique durability ideal for rough water conditions. A proprietary filtration system prevents salt-air and water from interfering with or damaging the fuel cells functionality. The standardized design makes the fuel cells easy to integrate into contemporary marine vehicles.

The 18-passenger fuel cell boat will be showcased on the San Francisco Bay Monday, October 20, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the South Beach Yacht Club at Pier 40 in San Francisco.

The boat is funded by California's Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT), a partnership of academic institutions, government, and commercial corporations at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Partners in the project are Seaworthy Systems, Duffy Electric Boat and Millennium Cell, the provider of the hydrogen system, Hydrogen On Demand(TM), a safe, environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel system that can be used with fuel cells and gas and diesel turbine engines.

"Anuvu is the premier fuel cell provider for marine vehicles," said Rex Hodge, president and CEO of Anuvu. "Boat manufacturers, public transportation agencies and various maritime vehicle developers are discovering that Anuvu's fuel cells provide a more pleasant, quieter, less noxious boating experience that can help preserve our Earth's air and waters."

In conjunction with the boat demo, Anuvu's fuel cell technology will be on display at the World Maritime Technology Exposition at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, October 18-20, 2003 at the Seaworthy Systems booth (# 403).

About Anuvu

Anuvu, Inc. is a pioneering developer and supplier of fuel cell products. The proprietary design of Anuvu's fuel cells allows for near-term development and enhanced design potential for vehicles efficiently powered by hydrogen. Anuvu's Power-X(TM) fuel cell line offers industries such as automotive, marine/boating and educational research low-cost, off-the-shelf fuel cell engine products as well as specially designed systems. More information can be found at:

About Seaworthy Systems, Inc.

Seaworthy Systems, Inc. was founded in 1973, and has grown to be one of the most respected marine engineering and naval architectural firms in the country. As an ISO 9001 certified consultancy, Seaworthy has provided a wide range of high quality services to the marine industry. Seaworthy Systems has a solid foundation in basic engineering as well as a flair for promising advanced technology. With offices on both Coasts, Seaworthy is uniquely suited to provide the engineering and systems integration needed to produce a successful commercial demonstration of the Hydrogen on Demand(TM) technology in the marine environment.

About CCDoTT

The Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) is a chartered university center at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) functioning as a partnership of academic institutions, government, and commercial corporations. The project was implemented to assist the Department of Defense (DOD), through the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). CCDoTT was organized to pursue a broad range of defense and commercial technologies, to analyze transportation problems and environmental impacts, and to develop technological, procedural, computer, or equipment solutions. CCDoTT and its associates are well versed in transportation technologies, computer simulation and modeling, defense C4, electronic commerce, economic and cost modeling, state-of-the-art training and educational solutions, and advanced manufacturing technologies.

About Duffy Electric Boat

Duffy Electric Boat Co., founded in 1970, leads the industry with over 4,000 pollution free electric boats in operation worldwide. Duffy Electric Boat Company is the leader in the electric boat industry with more than 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing and distributing both pleasure and commercial electric powerboats. The product line, ranging from 16'-30' is marketed on waterways that are speed controlled or prohibit combustion power. Duffy recently partnered with the Mangia Onda Co. to provide a waveless, electric water taxi operating on the canals of Venice, Italy. The company markets through dealers and sales representatives. Fleets of rental and tour electric vessels operate in areas offering quite, pollution free boating for the public. For more information on Duffy Electric Boat Co. visit or call us at 800-645-1044.

About Millennium Cell

Founded in 1998, Millennium Cell is based in Eatontown, NJ, and has developed a multi-faceted patent portfolio, which the company is pursuing in the United States and internationally surrounding a proprietary process called Hydrogen on Demand(TM). Millennium Cell also has a patented design for boron- based longer-life batteries. For more information visit or call 866-532-2783.