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South Pacific US Slated To Be The World Model For Renewable Energy

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Vancouver WA (SPX) Jul 09, 2007
The Vancouver-based Trimodal Group announced it has agreed to provide a comprehensive, renewable energy program to be executed in conjunction with South Pacific International, Inc., a Nevada corporation. SPI has agreed to assist Trimodal Group in jump-starting the program and upgrading elements for the benefit of the island communities.

Trimodal has developed a comprehensive portfolio of proprietary, renewable energy technologies, including a unique new low-temperature, geothermal technology that can create energy from fluid sources as low as 150F as compared to conventional technology which required it to be at least 225F.

According to the founder of Trimodal, Ken Pearson, "Until now these temperatures were seen as too low to create energy with any realistic efficiency. Our new technology can make this resource profitable. We believe this new technology will greatly increase shallow geothermal exploration and utilization throughout the Pacific Rim, where this type of resource is readily available. Solar and industrial waste heat are abundant and will be exploited with this low temperature power system.

Essentially, anywhere you see a cooling tower we can splice in our technology and economically create electrical power, often resulting in substantial carbon reduction for the same power output."

Trimodal's primary markets are focused on developing nations that wish to reverse environmental degradation and energy-derived capital outflow, and use their natural commodities in barter and trade deals to upgrade their power, energy and transportation infrastructure for this renewable model.

The South Pacific Basin is the perfect choice to demonstrate the company's full renewable, distributed energy spectrum, according to the company's CEO. Trimodal has already agreed to have SPI-Las Vegas represent them in the South Pacific in developing as much as 1,100 mw of power using these technologies.

The specialty equipment for the company's planned demonstration program is now being assembled. The five-year goal is to reverse the status as an importer of fossil fuels in the South Pacific and use their abundant biomass to turn the nation into a net bio-fuel exporter. Seven East African nations, acting as one bloc, are now actively evaluating the model for their renewable energy needs.

The other power area where Trimodal has effective, breakthrough technology is in its proprietary "direct solids ingestion turbine," designed to take mixed phases of liquids, solids and gases into the turbine's interior workings without damaging the system. Trimodal's senior engineer, Del Thomas, who has over 40 years' experience in power plant design experience (including Bechtel), stated that "this unique turbine would transform two segments of the power industry.

In hot, heavily mineralized and 'dirty' geothermal, these mineralized brines will be ingested directly into the turbine where they will flash to steam. The existing paradigm requires that dry, clean steam be separated via heat exchangers, a process that is often too costly, and needs extensive de-scaling maintenance. As much as 30% of the available energy is lost."

Dr. Jim Combs, one of the world's foremost experts in geophysics/geothermal energy, has been a consultant to Trimodal's low- temperature geothermal program right through its development phase. He has advised Trimodal where to focus geographically to secure accessible, low temperature geothermal resources for power generation.

This happens to include detailed geophysical surveys for the South Pacific and East Africa's shallow geothermal resources. The other application is the direct ingestion of coal combusted directly in a modified version of this same turbine. This will be the subject of a later press release.

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