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2970Global Immersion announces World-First Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Planetarium

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  • nolimitsglobal
    Apr 1, 2010
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      West Sussex, UK --- April 1st, 2010, West Sussex, UK --- After a
      stated challenge to "Rewrite the way planetariums operate" at
      the 2008 International Planetarium Society conference, Global Immersion
      has announced plans to build the World's first hydrogen fuel-cell
      powered planetarium.

      Officially called H2GO!®, these new completely self-contained
      planetarium power plants will convert a stream of hydrogen into
      electricity to be used for the operation of planetarium systems
      including as projection, audio, and lighting. Each H2GO! system is
      comprised of a highly technical, field-tested `JouleCell'
      chamber that stands approximately 50 meters high and weighs in at almost
      18 tons.

      Speaking about this ground-breaking innovation, Matt Fox, Chief Managing
      Engineer at Global Immersion said, "This marks the beginning in
      self-sustaining planetarium projection experiences. This is the future
      of projecting tiny dots on the inside of large balls set to synthesizer
      music - we are very excited about the possibilities of where this
      technology will take us."

      The only pollution the H2GO! system will create is heat and clean,
      drinkable water. "In a single day, the H2GO! will create three
      thousand times more electricity than a normal planetarium would consume
      in a month" Fox continued. "Experimental architectural designs
      have suggested the excess power can be used to heat the building housing
      the planetarium and provide all of the necessary power to run the
      building's infrastructure."

      As with any other hydrogen fuel-cell power generator, two crucial
      obstacles needed to be overcome before bringing the design to market.
      The first is the inherent flammability of hydrogen (think the
      Hindenburg). This issue has been solved not by making hydrogen less
      flammable, but by situating the power plant at least five kilometers
      away from the planetarium.

      "We decided that if one of the H2GO! systems were to suffer any kind
      of unlikely system failure, we would want it to be as far away from
      people as possible" Fox explained. "As a result, the system will
      come bundled with high-voltage cables that can be custom fitted to the
      local power grid. Running thousands and thousands of meters of high
      tension powerlines through people gardens is a difficult task. In some
      ways, dealing with the farmers and land owners has been more of a
      challenge than inventing the H2GO! itself! We've become quite adept
      at teaming up with local authorities and permitting offices to get the
      necessary lines run."

      The second major issue to overcome was the ability to get the hydrogen
      fuel to the H2GO! system. Global Immersion has founded daughter company
      `HydroTransit™'; specializing in hydrogen fuel delivery, to
      assist customers interested in purchasing a H2GO! "Hydrogen may be
      the most abundant element in the universe, but that doesn't mean
      it's easy to come by in central England", Global Immersion's
      Lead Project Engineer Jack Langley noted.

      Driver, Jan Breens added, "These things consume so much hydrogen
      that we had to invent a whole new fuel delivery industry that is
      reliable, inexpensive, and, most importantly, safe. We want to keep the
      digital stars shining and not harm people in the process."

      The delivery model is simple; once the H2GO! power plant is built, the
      customer can sign up for the hydrogen delivery service and a tanker will
      arrive every three hours to deliver the needed hydrogen to keep the
      planetarium operational. The tankers, far from ordinary fuel-delivery
      trucks, are custom-fitted with a containment system that keeps the fuel
      from escaping during transit. The details of this containment system are
      considered an industry secret. This special containment system also
      effectively removes the possibility that any major catastrophes will
      result from traffic accidents or malfunctions.

      Matt Fox said, "In this climate of increasing ecological awareness,
      a planetarium driven by a completely environmentally friendly power
      plant is not only responsible, it is also a positive and unique feature
      to attract eco-tourists." He adds "It's also just smart
      business. A single H2GO! will pay for itself in less than 50
      years."

      The first H2GO! system is slated to begin construction in July of 2010
      and is considered a crucial component of an as-yet-to-be-named
      planetarium in central England.

      For more details, contact Global Immersion at
      nolimits@... <mailto:nolimits@...>

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      About Global Immersion
      Global Immersion is an award-winning organization, dedicated to the
      unique and innovative medium of immersive theater.

      With over ten years experience in the world of fulldome displays and
      scientific data visualization, Global Immersion combines a broad range
      of proven technologies to create enthralling and exciting immersive
      theater. As a full-service team, they pull together exceptional theater
      design, advanced projection technologies, content production,
      user-friendly controls and advanced audio & lighting – all on a
      digital infrastructure.

      H2GO! Is a registered trademark of Global Immersion Limited

      HydroTransit is a trademark of Global Immersion Limited
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