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First Successful Operation of Syngas-Powered Engine Generator Announced.

ENERGY RESOURCE-18 September 2006-First Successful Operation of Syngas-Powered Engine Generator Announced(C)2006 JeraOne - http://www.jeraone.com

Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. today announced the successful operation of the world's first engine generator using synthesis gas, or "syngas," as fuel.

The engine generator set, consisting of a 125 kW Kohler engine based on a General Motors 8.1 liter V-8 block, successfully and repeatedly produced stabilized power, the companies said. The syngas used as fuel was identical to syngas produced by the U-Gas coal gasification technology developed by the Gas Technology Institute and licensed to Synthesis Energy Systems (SES).

"Successful operation of the generator set is a major step forward in the cost-effective utilization of Synthesis Gas," said Timothy Vail, president and chief executive officer. "The operation of an automotive engine as well as power production from gas created by our proprietary U-Gas technology demonstrates the flexibility to use syngas in a wide array of applications including power generation."

Earlier this year, SES awarded a contract to Quantum's team to develop the world's first syn-fuel powered generator set under a contract engineering/development program. Quantum is the industry leader in the development of automotive systems based on hydrogen fuel.

"We are excited to have achieved this important milestone together with SES," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum. "We strongly believe that innovative approaches, such as these synfuel power generators based on Quantum's advanced fuel system technologies, will play an important role in the world energy market."

SES is an energy technology company that deploys proprietary, environmentally responsible technology to efficiently gasify low-value fuels to replace high cost energy and chemical products sold to major global markets. With its proprietary U-Gas technology (licensed from the Gas Technology Institute), SES can turn waste coal products into high- value synthesis gas for use in power and chemical applications, performing this gasification without the harmful emissions normally associated with coal-fired energy production.

SES currently has offices in Houston, Texas, Shanghai and Beijing, China. More information is available at www.synthesisenergy.com.

Quantum and its subsidiary, Tecstar Automotive Group, are leaders in powertrain engineering, system integration, and manufacturing of packaged fuel systems and accessories for specialty vehicles and applications, including fuel cells, hybrids, alternative fuels, hydrogen refueling, new body styles, mid-cycle vehicle product enhancements and high-performance engines and drive trains for OEMs and consumers of aftermarket parts and accessories. Quantum also designs and manufactures hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

Quantum has product commercialization alliances with General Motors, AM General, and Sumitomo. Quantum's customer base includes General Motors, Toyota, Opel, Hyundai, Suzuki, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, AeroVironment, and the U.S. Army.

More information about Quantum is available at www.qtww.com.

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