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MESA , Arizona . March 7, 2004 —Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) & Centripetal Dynamics reach turbine testing agreement.

Centripetal Dynamics announced today that is has secured a relationship with EERC (www.undeerc.org). EERC will support and provide design, development, analysis of the company’s proprietary disc turbine technology.

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is a research, development, demonstration, and commercialization facility at the University of North Dakota (UND) recognized internationally for its expertise in cleaner, more efficient energy technologies. The EERC is dedicated to moving promising technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace to produce energy cleanly and efficiently, minimizing environmental impacts and conserving precious natural resources.

Because the commercialization of innovative technologies is essential to job creation, new wealth, and economic prosperity, it is the key to the EERC's future, as well as the future economic development in the Upper Midwest region and beyond.

The EERC's business partners range in size from large multinational corporations to regional utilities to small local businesses. The EERC's government partners include not only federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but also state and local government entities. Research, development, demonstration, and commercialization are the EERC's primary mission. The EERC maintains a highly flexible business approach, tailoring contractual agreements to individual client needs.

In partnership with private industries, government agencies, and academic institutions, the Center conducts research and development of practical, problem-solving technologies and processes. It demonstrates those technologies and processes in the field. Then, working in close cooperation with its partners, the EERC seeks to commercialize successful technologies and processes.

As D arren D. Schmidt, P.E., Research Manager at EERC states: “We are very excited about support ing Centripetal’s Boundary Layer Turbine technology. With our recent testing and evaluation of this technology we feel very confident that Centripetal’s technology will have a strong and substantial place in the clean energy market. To date we have already proven the concept and theory in regard to using BioMass fuels.”

As Ken Hicks President of Centripetal states: “We are extremely pleased to have the support of EERC organization, in regard to providing engineering support and testing for our new TurboFlux Boundary Layer Turbine technology. EERC’s capabilities and resources will bolster the product development cycle, as well as provide advanced engineering capabilities with a staff of over 200 engineers and PH.D’s. EERC’s testing capabilities will also provide a very unique advantage for the organization to pursue the immense global Bio-Mass opportunities that exist.

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