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Red Chip Featured Company: Avalon Ventures Ltd. (AVL.TO)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Avalon Ventures Ltd. (AVL.TO) is a Canadian company focused on the exploration and development of rare metals and minerals. The demand for metals such as lithium, beryllium, indium, gallium, along with rare minerals like calcium feldspar and rare earth elements (REE), is increasing for both technology and environmental applications. At this time, Avalon owns a 100% stake in five rare metal and mineral projects in Canada.

The East Kemptville Project in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, covers a 7,680 acre area. In 2007, the company hired Hudgtec Consulting to perform a detailed compilation of historical data on the area. Avalon is pursuing the site because of its potential for indium, a rare metal in high demand for use in thin film coatings on flat screen televisions and computer monitors. One of the known geological locations where indium is enriched is in greisen-type, tin-zinc-copper deposits as historically found at East Kemptville, when tin was primarily mined.

The Lilypad Lakes project located outside Fort Hope, Ontario, contains over 7,600 acres. The 14 claims in the project cover a field of tantalum- and cesium-rich pagmamites. Access to the site is prohibitive in that it is only accessible by hovercraft or by snowmobile in the winter. An all-weather road is in the advanced planning stages and will facilitate the movement of personnel and equipment once the site is operational.

The Warren Township Calcium Feldspar project west of Timmins, Ontario, is already in an advanced stage of development. The three mining claims on the 1800-acre property cover a portion of the Shawmere Anorthosite Complex, which contains highly pure anorthosite composed of up to 98% high calcium plaigioclase feldspar. Anorthosite is considered an unusual mafic igneous intrusive rock containing over 90% plagioclase feldspar. The material can be used to produce reinforced glass fiber and other industrial products. As the property is conveniently situated near both road and rail infrastructures, there is a huge potential to develop a low-cost and highly profitable operation.

The Thor Lake Rare Metals project is located in the Northwest Territories about 100km outside of Yellowknife. This is another property with limited access by float or ski-equipped aircraft. The 10,449 acres contain five contiguous mining leases, each with a 21-year life and renewable leases at 21-year increments. This project is subject to two underlying royalty agreements, giving a cumulative 5.5% Net Smelter Returns (NSR) Royalty to the royalty holders.

Lastly, the Separation Rapid property, covering 3,600 acres, is located at Paterson Lake Area, Ontario. The site has one of the largest rare metal pegmatite deposits in the world and is only the second to be enriched with a rare lithium mineral named petalite. The llithium materials may potentially be applicable in the glass and ceramic industry, as well as in a high-strength, non-combustible composite material. While Avalon does have a 100% working interest in the site, the original owners still retain a 2% NSR royalty interest.

As Avalon continues to develop its projects in Canada, the potential for tremendous profits looms based upon the initial findings at each target site.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Celsius Holdings, Inc. (CSUH.OB)

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Celsius Holdings, Inc. (CSUH.OB) is a company focused on producing, distributing, and marketing its functional beverages. The company’s first subsidiary, Celsius Inc., develops and markets its beverages into the soft drink market. The company’s second subsidiary, Celsius Netshipments, Inc., focuses on distributing the beverages over the Internet. The company actually contracts the production of the beverages to concentrate suppliers.

Through a reverse merger in January 2007, Celsius acquired the operating business of Elite FX, Inc. Celsius is a calorie-burning soda that has become Elite’s first commercially distributed product. The beverage is currently available in five flavors: ginger ale, lemon/lime, orange, wild berry, and cola. The non-carbonated beverages are a healthier choice and are formulated with a very low sodium content and no sugar, preservatives, aspartame, or artificial flavors. The beverages do contain Metaboost™, a proprietary blend of ingredients that include green tea with EGCG, ginger, calcium, chromium, B vitamins and C vitamin. Scientific studies have shown the drink to raise metabolism over a three-hour period while keeping consumers energized and allowing them to burn up to 100 calories per can.

Over the summer, Celsius expanded its product line with two green tea flavored beverages. Celsius Green Tea Peach Mange and Celsiius Green Tea Raspberry Acai offer the same benefits of the original Celsius beverages, which raise metabolism over a 3-hour period. The company wanted to meet the needs of consumers who are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits that green teas provide. The ready-to-drink tea niche of the beverage market grew an estimated 30% over the past year to $7.4 billion and is expected to reach $15 billion by 2012.

Celsius recently added Geary Cotton to its board of directors. Cotton joins the board with 15 years of experience as CFO for Rexall Sundown, a consumer products company. Although the business niche was different, Cotton brings practical knowledge on how to expand a fledgling company into an established entity. Cotton was an essential member of the dedicated team that built Rexall from $12 million to $800 million of recorded revenues. According to Jan Noreliad, CFO of Celsius, “We are looking forward to having another qualified addition to the board of directors, and one that has gone through stages of business development similar to what we have in front of us.”

Not only did the company recently announce the addition of a new board member, but it also marked the start of a new marketing campaign. With football season in the swing of things, the company is targeting a favorite convenience store for its Consumer Sports Promotion. Celsius, the Original Calorie Burner, is now available at 100 Walgreens in Atlanta, Georgia, and 45 Walgreens locations in Norfolk, Virginia. The beverages will be stocked at side panel displays or in the chilled beverage coolers. In-store promotions are available for consumers who purchase the Celsius beverage at select Walgreens locations.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Colorado Goldfields, Inc. (CGFI.OB)

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Colorado Goldfields, Inc. (CGFI.OB) is a new player in the mining field focused on the exploration and retrieval of gold and silver in the state of Colorado. The company is targeting its efforts on three historically proven mines that only require minor rehabilitation to achieve full-scale production sites. CGFI has obtained an 80% interest at the Gold King, Mayflower, and Mogul mines located in San Juan County, Colorado. All three mining properties are located within a 9-mile radius of the Pride of the West Mill, which consists of 120 acres of private land, an office building, a laboratory building, water rights, and a modern gravity, flotation and cyanide leach mill. The mill has the capacity to process up to 700 short tons per day.

The Gold King Mine is a 170-acre property with known gold potential. CGFI is reinterpreting the geological data and models of the mine, and will conduct a geophysics program in conjunction with surface drilling to better evaluate the steps required to move the site to production level within the next two to three years. The 250 acres of the Mayflower Mine can easily be accessed by a gravel road. Historically about 520,000 ounces of gold and 12.3 million ounces of silver were removed from the Mayflower Mine.

Echo Bay Mines, which owned the site in the 1980s, conducted further exploration of the site and found the continuation of historical ore grades below the main area that was mined. Due to financial issues, Echo was not able to proceed with its mining efforts. The Mogul Mine is a high-grade zinc/lead/silver property that adjoins the Gold King Mine. The site has not been actively mined since the early 1900s and has the potential for a large tonnage of ore. Historically, the ore grade from the site has been 6.5% zinc, 4% lead, and 0.75% copper.

John Ferguson, DOO of CGFI, recently stated, “We anticipate, subject to third party assay verification, that we will be able to determine if there are one or more mineable veins in this system parallel to the principal Gold King Davis vein. We are excited about the possibility of multiple veins containing historically unrecognized ore shoots.”

Ferguson continued with comments about the Mogul Mine, “The surface outcrop of the vein is approximately 40 feet wide. Historical data from mining in the zone above the drill holes indicates a good grade of silver, lead, copper and zinc with important gold. We are hopeful that drilling on the Mogul vein will indicate the existence of commercially viable ore.”

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RedChip Featured Company: Cubic Energy, Inc. (QBC)

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Cubic Energy, Inc. (QBC) is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and crude oil. As its name suggests, the company takes a multi-dimensional focus on the integration of engineering, financial management and earth sciences in its oil and gas exploration efforts. Cubic plans to pursue low-risk opportunities while building high-yield reserves.

The company received landmark news at the end of July 2008 that it had received approval to be listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). Cubic’s common stock began trading under the symbol “QBC” on August 4th. The shares had previously been traded under QBIK on the OTCBB. President and CEO of Cubic, Calvin Wallen said, “This is an incredible milestone for Cubic and its shareholders. With the ability to list on AMEX, Cubic is able to reach both United States and Global investors.”

During the fall of 2008, Cubic announced that its Red Oak Timber 5 No. 1 spud, located at the company’s southern portion of its Bethany Longstreet property, had completed drilling to 11,950 feet. The site then commenced horizontal drilling in the Haynesville Shale level. Cubic holds a 35% working interest in this particular well, while it maintains a 49% working interest at three other Haynesville Shale wells on the northern portion of the Johnson Branch.

Tremendous progress is being made at the Cotton Valley well sites. Cubic should see a steady revenue stream once it transitions its more advanced sites into full-production locations.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Datameg Corporation (DTMG.OB)

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Datameg Corporation (DTMG.OB) is a holding company committed to positioning itself to deliver next-generation network services and environmentally conscious plastics to help the environment. At this time, the company is working to roll out customers’ Internet voice, data and video services while continuing to evaluate technological advances for development or advancement. Datameg has a diverse group of subsidiaries making up its framework and expects its subsidiaries, NetSymphony, QoVox, and American Marketing & Sales, to contribute to its profitability and cashflows.

QoVox is on a mission to become a leading provider of network monitoring and fault isolation tools for telecom networks. QoVox is also working to partner with leading communications companies to deliver verifiable connectivity and voice-quality measuring tools that isolate and troubleshoot issues. The subsidiary’s solutions will enable service providers to maintain optimal service levels and increase customer satisfaction.

The team at NetSymphony has developed a unique active testing and monitoring solution for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems named Maestro. The solution provides valuable elements at the three steps of deployment. During system assessment, Maestro will analyze network quality and availability, hand-offs between networks, and the company’s readiness. During assurance & monitoring step, Maestro provides analysis of end-to-end application performance, 24/7 performance monitoring, SLA verification, and end-user QoE measurements. During the final step of fault isolation and troubleshooting, Maestro will isolate problems, detect deteriorating trends, provide proactive alerts, perform on-demand tests, and compare historical versus new real-time results.

American Marketing & Sales, dba Innovative Designs, is a Datameg subsidiary that markets finished food packaging products nationally to major food retailers and supermarkets. The subsidiary has an extensive line of environmentally-friendly food packaging products manufactured from FDA-approved polypropylene and polystyrene resins that contain up to 40% recycled plastic content. Over the summer, the Green Line Caterware Product line has received orders from Whole Foods, the U.S. House of Representatives purchasing office, and several schools and universities.

Jim Murphy, CEO of Datameg, stated, “Innovative Designs offers one of the only recycled or ‘green’ food-packaging products on the market, and its success is largely due to a new generation of eco-conscious consumers and retailers who want socially responsible products. We expect to continue to see sales growth for this new line as we open up new channels of distribution and expand our customer base.”

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Red Chip Featured Company: Duska Therapeutics, Inc. (DSKA.OB)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Duska Therapeutics, Inc. (DSKA.OB) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that is focused on developing cardiovascular and pulmonary medicines based on the new pharmacology of adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP) and nitric oxide (NO). The two molecules play a role in cellular metabolism and signal transduction, which Duska feels can be used in new therapeutic modalities or the treatment of major cardiovascular disorders.

ATP is a naturally-occurring substance found in every human cell and whose energy fuels all functions of the human body. ATP is released from cells into the extracellular space under physiologic and disease conditions. The extracellular ATP then activates the P2 receptors (P2R) and exerts specific actions depending on the subtype of the activated receptor and the targeted cell type. There are two main receptor categories: P2Y have G protein coupled receptors control intracellular signal transduction pathways; and P2X have ionic channels embedded into the cell membrane that when activated allow the flux of certain ions to cross the cell membrane. ATP formulations have been used as approved pharmaceuticals in Europe for over 50 years for certain medical indications.

Duska is working on three investigational products – ATPace™, Vagonixen™ and ATPotent™ – all targeting specific P2Y and P2X receptor subtypes. The products either activate or block the receptors, which then can be utilized for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

ATPace™ is being developed for the acute treatment of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rate), including a rapid regular heart rate of the atria known as paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). ATPace™ is also being developed to diagnose bradycardia. An estimated 89,000 new cases of PSVT are diagnosed annually with about 570,000 persons currently managing the health issue. Duska is modifying the proposed design of its Phase 3 clinical trial based upon the FDA’s comments and will submit a revised protocol to the FDA in the near future.

Voganixen™ is being developed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease that permanently damages the lungs. About 120,000 Americans die each year of COPD, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. About 16 million people in the U.S. have the disease, which costs an estimated $42 million in medical costs and lost productivity. Duska’s proprietary technology targets specific P2R in the lungs that mediate the bronchoconstrictive coughing associated with COPD. By neutralizing the coughing, the inflammation of patients’ lungs can be inhibited.

Finally, ATPotent™ is being developed to enhance sperm mobility in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization (IV) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). About half of the 6 million infertile couples in the U.S. are affected with male infertility issues.

James Kuo, Chairman and CEO of Duska, stated, “We believe we are making remarkable progress in advancing our clinical drug development programs and have broadened our cardiovascular drug portfolio, while remaining on track with our financial goals.”

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Red Chip Featured Company: Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (ECTE.OB)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Echo Therapeutics is a medical device and specialty pharmaceutical company based out of Franklin, Massachusetts. The company is focused on developing a trans-dermal continuous glucose monitoring (tCGM) system and developing reformulations of a variety of FDA-approved specialty pharmaceutical products.

Echo is applying its patented AzoneTS™ trans-dermal drug formulation technology to create a suite of topical reformulations on FDA-approved products that are on the market today. The company plans to create the reformulations in accordance with the FDA’s Section 505(b)(2) guidelines. Echo intends to capitalize on its long-term relationship with Cato Research, a global contract research and development organization (CRO), and work in tandem with Cato to develop its suite of improved topical products.

Echo’s lead drug candidate, Durhalieve™, is an AzoneTS topical reformulation of triamcinolone acetonide. The company has submitted a new Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA classifying Durhalieve™ as a new, proprietary treatment for corticosteroid responsive dermatoses. By late-2008, Echo hopes to submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the FDA that will allow Phase 2 clinical development of Durhalieve for treatment of keloid scarring and hypertrophic scarring.

The company is currently developing the next-generation glucose monitoring system for home or hospital use for diabetic patients. Echo’s Symphony™ System is slated to change the invasive and periodic glucose testing diabetic patients currently perform. Symphony™ combines Echo’s patented feedback mechanism for optimal skin permeation control with a non-invasive trans-dermal biosensor to provide continuous data on a patient’s glucose level. With the increasing number of individuals being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes each year, the Symphony™ system will potentially improve patient compliance with better glucose control throughout the day, providing an improved quality of life for patients.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Elephant Talk Communications Inc. (ETAK.OB)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Elephant Talk Communications Inc. (ETAK.OB) is an international telecommunications operator and integrator in the multimedia industry. The company provides telcom services, distribution services and media streaming to business-to-business companies within the international telecommunications sector.

Elephant Talk provides system integrator and developer services for mobile telecom and content distributors. With its work as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), the company has positioned itself as a premier outsourcing partner for mobile network operators (MNO’s) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO’s). It also assists its MNO partners in providing a broad set of sophisticated services to their clients. Additionally, Elephant Talk is a preferred MVNE partner with several global mobile operators that operate complicated networks in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Elephant Talk has a presence within the telecom sector as a fully licensed carrier, but also has proprietary IN (intelligent network) and billing/CRM (client relationship management) systems designed to offer the latest solutions in the competitive global market. These systems eliminate issues with national borders and networks, therefore enabling its B2B customers to operate as independent multimedia and telecom organizations.

Elephant Talk and Blueslice Networks recently entered into an agreement to partner in a global expansion project. Elephant Talk will take Blueslice’s next-generation Home Location Registers and deploy the equipment to multiple carriers in a number of countries to create a real network infrastructure. This will deliver a unique roaming solution that provides Elephant Talk subscribers with the ability to be recognized as local callers versus roaming callers, which significantly reduces charges incurred by customers traveling outside their home country.

“Elephant Talk sees the importance of building infrastructure and becoming a network based international telecom operator,” stated Martin Zuurbier, CTO of Elephant Talk. “By using the most advanced equipment, including the Blueslice ngHLR 3000(TM), we are able to have one point to manage our entire global network.”

Even with its international presence, Elephant Talk hopes to strengthen its position in the global telecommunications sector. Through its innovative solutions, and through partnerships with other like-minded companies, Elephant Talk intends to continue to expand and become a vital player in the competitive telecom market.

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RedChip Featured Company: EnterConnect, Inc. (ECNI.OB)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

EnterConnect, Inc. (ECNI.OB) is a company focused on delivering customers a reduced cost, accelerated time-to-value, increased productivity portal. EnterConnect assists clients in consolidating intranets, extranets, and internet sites into a single portal platform. This consolidation effort allows clients to recognize an immediate reduction in IT costs, see improved collaboration efforts, maximize business processes with better control of content and assets, and optimize results with a sustainable competitive advantage.

Since it was founded in 2006, the San Jose-based company has proven itself to be a pioneer in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) marketplace. Through the EnterConnect platform, partners, employees, and customers are able to securely consolidate, collaborate, and connect online from any location. Interestingly, the EnterConnect platform provides users with business-ready solutions that are easily managed by an in-house team that can ensure website consistency and rapid results.

The EnterConnect solution provides typical modules utilized across multiple industries. Campaign Management gives the user the ability to send personalized and important information to a number of audiences through the portal to drive targeted marketing campaigns that can deliver measurable sales results. Employee On-Boarding allows new employees to contact and collaborate with existing employees to seamlessly get up-to-speed on their new role to become productive assets. Channel Enablement allows retailers to effectively recruit, develop, educate, and support a sales channel and bring products and services to market more easily. Project Collaboration is a centralized portal resource for companies to share information, to manage documents and presentations, and to collaborate with peers, partners, and customers.

The demand for SaaS is becoming more popular as companies offer their software to customers who do not want or have the ability to take on huge IT infrastructure costs. Researchers estimate that, by 2009, the SaaS market will reach about $10.7 billion worldwide. EnterConnect can assist clients to seamlessly move their multiple systems onto a hosted SaaS model. EnterConnect provides a comprehensive assessment of a client’s needs, provides high-level consulting services on how to move to a hosted or on-demand model, and can deploy a rapid transformational team when needed.

As companies are becoming more global with multi-national offices, EnterConnect provides a platform that even the largest corporations can benefit from.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Golden West Brewing Company, Inc. (GWBC.OB)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Golden West Brewing Company, Inc. (GWBC.OB) is a company that specializes in the production and distribution of certified organic craft beers. Under its subsidiary, Butte Creek Brewing Company, Golden operates a regional craft brewery in Chico, California. Through a network of wholesale distributors, Golden West distributes its line of products to liquor stores, taverns and bars, restaurants, convenience stores, warehouse stores, and supermarkets.

Mark Simpson was appointed president of Golden West in late 2007. With 20 years of experience in brewing and winemaking, Simpson’s extensive background includes experience with product development, supply chain and purchasing, public relations, quality assurance, and marketing. Since taking the helm, Simpson has focused his efforts on building a profitable business model with the company’s core products while expanding production capacity.

“Golden West and our subsidiary Butte Creek Brewing are poised for sustained growth. We are in the heart of the Craft Brewing movement in the USA, with the large markets of LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle close at hand. Organic and Natural beverages are a high-growth category and our strategy is to lead this category with well-packaged, high-quality products and alliances with like-minded companies to achieve synergies and economies of scale. The timing couldn’t be better to enter a high-growth phase for our companies,” stated Simpson.

Golden West’s basic line consists of Organic Pale Ale, Organic Pilsner, Organic Porter, Organic India Pale Ale, Revolution X and Revolution 11 Organic Imperial India Pale Ale, Trainwreck Organic Barley Wine, and Mateveza Organic Pale Ale. The company also invests time to prepare seasonal brews such as Organic Helltown Hefeweizen, and Organic Sustainable Harvest (Fresh Hop) India Pale Ale.

Golden West’s latest seasonal brew was a limited release in May 2008 of its Spring Run Organic Pale Ale. In conjunction with the release, Golden West announced that a portion of the sales of the beer would be donated to the Friends of Butte Creek, which supports salmon restoration efforts in Butte Creek, California.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Gulf Western Petroleum Corp. (GWPC.OB)

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Gulf Western Petroleum Corporation (GWPC.OB) is a Houston-based company capitalizing on domestic sources of natural gas and oil. This exploration and development company actively seeks domestic opportunities to maximize growth and returns for its stakeholders. With a number of projects and leaseholdings in Texas, Kansas, and Kentucky, Gulf Western works to leverage its core competencies to strengthen its presence in the energy sector.

Gulf Western holds about 5,600 acres of property in Kentucky. Exploration for oil and natural gas supplies in the Appalachian Basin are being performed at the Baxter Bledsoe and the Bell Prospects. Gulf Western owns a 100% working interest in the 2,200 acres at Baxter Bledsoe Prospect, located in Clay County, Kentucky. The company also owns a 100% working interest on the 3,400 acres at the Bell Prospect, located in Bell County, Kentucky. There is a potential to acquire an additional 5,000 acres of coal bed methane leases in adjoining Knox County.

In Elk County, Kansas, Gulf Western holds approximately 8,800 acres. The Mound Branch Project is a reserve and infrastructure development program of existing and after-acquired gas and oil lease acreage. The project also includes nine existing wells that are awaiting construction and interconnection with the Mound Branch Gathering System. The development program includes a provision for 150 wells to be drilled over a three-year period. The gathering system is a 15-mile, low-pressure system with a maximum design capacity of 8,000 million cubic feet (Mcf) per day. Once the interconnection is made, the natural gas production from the new and existing wells will be delivered into an interstate pipeline that serves Wichita and Kansas City.

Gulf Western is participating in a number of projects in Texas. The company holds a 90% working interest in the Shamrock Project, located in Dewitt County. Typical wells in the area produce between 200 and 250 Mcf per day with estimated total recoverable reserves of about 500 Mcf. Gulf Stream holds working interests of 30% to 45% in ten wells in the Brushy Creek Project, located in Lavaca County.

Finally, the Oakcrest Project and the Oakcrest North Prospect are 866 acres outside of Houston that Gulf Western holds 95.75% working interest in. Total proved and possible natural gas reserve potential for the Oakcrest Project is about 30.9 billion cubic feet, along with 830,000 barrels condensate net. Initial data of the Oakcrest North Prospect shows that its reserve potential may be as productive as the Oakcrest Project.

With its mix of natural gas and oil projects, Gulf Western seems to have found a balance to its focus to ensure a strong base from which to grow and provide returns to its stakeholders.

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Red Chip Featured Company: Imaging3, Inc. (IMGG.OB)

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Imaging3, Inc. (IMGG.OB), a medical device manufacturer and distributor, has developed a breakthrough technology that utilizes high-resolution photo-fluoroscopy to produce three-dimensional medical diagnostic images. With its ability to produce real-time 3D images, Dominion™ can be used to improve any medical procedure where multiple frame references are required to perform surgery in the human body.

The Dominion’s patented technology can be applied to a multitude of medical areas including trauma, cardiology, pediatrics, orthopedics, vascular, neuro-vascular, and sports medicine. The real-time 3D images will allow surgeons to plan for less invasive and more precise procedures, which will reduce a patient’s risk and recovery time. In addition to 3D real-time fluoroscopic imaging, the Dominion can also emulate other imaging technology, like a CT scan. Along with its high-resolution imaging capabilities, the Dominion is a mobile unit that is powered by a standard wall outlet and will fit through a standard-sized door frame.

Currently, there are no other devices on the market, other than ultrasound, that provide real-time 3D medical imaging. Ultrasound is a tomographic low-resolution imaging modality, while the Dominion™ produces a high-resolution imaging modality that can show the position of reflecting surfaces (internal organs and structures), as well as images of tissues and blood motion. The Dominion™ represents the next-generation tool that will join diagnostic imaging departments, which started out with the X-ray 100 years ago and added tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) about 20 years ago.

A study by the Freedonia Group found that the U.S. medical imaging market is expected to be around $9.5 billion by the end of 2008. With an aging population and advances in non-invasive imaging technology, the demand for patient procedures requiring diagnostic imaging will continue to increase. The Dominion™ and its 3D images should continue to be in demand for years to come.

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RedChip Featured Company: India Globalization Capital, Inc. (IGC)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

India Globalization Capital, Inc. (IGC) is a construction and engineering company based out of Bethesda, Maryland. IGC has controlling interest in two India-based businesses, Sricon Infrastructure Private Limited and Techni Bharathi Limited, which form its company infrastructure. Interestingly, IGC is the only company listed and traded in the US with an India-only infrastructure.

IGC was created to acquire operating businesses in India through mergers, capital stock exchanges, and asset acquisitions. The company focuses on three areas: civil construction and engineering of high-temperature cement and steel plants, mining and quarrying, and the construction of highways and other heavy construction.

IGC retains 63% of the equity of Sricon Infrastructure Private Limited, an infrastructure development company based in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. At this time, Sricon operates 5 quarries from which it obtains construction aggregate. Sricon has participated in civil engineering construction projects since 1974 and now has the experience and qualifications to bid on contracts of up to $116 million.

IGC holds 77% of the equity of Techni Bharathi Limited, which is based out of Kerali, India. Techni is an engineering and construction company focused on developing the national infrastructure in India through the construction of roads, tunnels, canals, bridges, dams, airport taxiways, and hydro-power generation. Techri primarily works in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Assam.

As India continues to be a major resource for out-sourcing services for U.S. companies, IGC will be there to support the construction of the country.

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RedChip Featured Company: ZAGG Inc. (ZAGG.OB)

Friday, September 5th, 2008

ZAGG Inc. (ZAGG) is a company focused on designing, manufacturing, and distributing protective clear coverings and accessories for personal electronic devices. The company has created a patented and proprietary product that is used to protect devices ranging from portable games to cell phones, and from laptops to digital cameras.

ZAGG’s first configuration of their flagship product, invisibleSHIELD, came out in early 2005. The inspiration for the product came from a clear film created to protect military helicopters from high-speed damage. ZAGG’s virtually invisible product is only 0.2 millimeters thick, yet is virtually indestructible and can be removed without leaving a sticky residue.

ZAGG realizes that customers often select electronic devices as an extension of their personalities, just as some do with their vehicles. And who would want to cover up something that expresses who they are? ZAGG recognizes that its patent-pending idea of wrapping handheld devices in a clear protective film a key advantage to its success.

ZAGG is committed to providing innovative ways to improve people’s relationship with the electronic gadgets they rely upon. ZAGG is definitely “Zealous About Great Gadgets”.

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RedChip Featured Company: ZBB Energy Corporation (AMEX: ZBB)

Friday, September 5th, 2008

ZBB Energy Corporation is an energy company engaged in researching the manufacture of energy storage systems for utility companies, renewable energy generators, and commercial and industrial customers. ZBB Energy was formed in 1998 in Wisconsin as a holding company for its subsidiaries in the United States and Australia.

The ZBB zinc energy storage systems (ZESS) can be used by a variety of clients. Traditional energy companies need reliable systems to store surplus energy generated during off-peak periods, which is primarily during the summer months for highly populated areas like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. With more companies and private citizens using alternative energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines, there is a growing need for storage devices to keep the power available for customers who are “on” and “off” the grid. Then there are industrial or commercial organizations that need an uninterrupted power supply and power quality protection from voltage, current, or frequency deviations.

The ZESS units are built around the company’s propriety zinc-bromine rechargeable electrical energy storage technology, which is then combined with computer hardware and software systems. The turnkey energy storage systems are developed to interface with a customer’s primary power source to recharge during off-peak periods and to discharge power when necessary.

ZBB offers two standard configurations, the ZESS 50 and the ZESS 500, which are both self-contained and provide fully automated control systems to take care of the energy storage and safety functions. The modules are mobile and scalable into a fully customized system based upon a client’s needs. Currently, the manufacturing facility has a production capacity of fifty (ZESS 50) modules per month. To put its capability into prospective, a ZESS 50 unit holds 50 kWh and has the ability to provide a typical home with power for two days.

ZBB has gained attention through the installation of one of its ZESS 50 units to the Future House USA Project at the Beijing Olympics. This is the first installation of a ZESS 50 unit in a residential application and will allow the home -which will be on display for the next six years – to operate completely off the electrical grid. The Future House USA is expecting over three million people to tour the facility, including the president of the United States.

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RedChip Featured Company: Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA Inc. (WEMU.OB)

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA Inc. is an engineering and quality control firm specializing in manufacturing products for customers in the solar energy, aerospace, wireless telecommunications, medical equipment, and automotive industries. Worldwide has established relationships with factories in China and arranges for the manufacture of components and goods for its customers.

Worldwide primarily works with a select group of factories located around Shanghai, China. To ensure that the products meet international standards, all of the active subcontractors have earned the International Standard Organization-9000 certification. The certification is issued to a factory after its management has received the required training. Because of its strong business relationships with manufacturers in China, Worldwide is able to significantly reduce its customers’ manufacturing costs while maintaining a high level of quality. In some instances, Worldwide has been able to negotiate a savings of up to 50%.

Worldwide currently manufactures components and products for over 100 companies in the United States. The company has a staff of engineers at a subsidiary in Shanghai that supervise all aspects of the manufacturing process. The Worldwide engineers provide technical advice, write the production and inspection procedures, conduct material audits and quality control services, and perform in-progress and final inspections.

Worldwide is able to provide sales, management, production control, and technical support, while its subcontractors concentrate on plant, equipment, manufacturing working capital and factory labor. This business model allows Worldwide to concentrate on acquiring new business and the subcontractors to concentrate solely on manufacturing products. As Worldwide prospers with an expanding customer base, the subcontracts are able to expand and prosper as well.

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RedChip Featured Company: Western Standard Energy Corp. (WSEG.OB)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Western Standard Energy Corp. (WSEG) is an independent oil and gas exploration company working toward providing domestic energy resources to the United States. The company is concentrating its exploration efforts to properties within the Bakken Formation region. Western Standard is currently working on two oil and natural gas projects: Starbuck East Prospect in Montana and Lodgepole Reef Prospect in North Dakota.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) performed an initial assessment of the Bakken Formation in 1995. The USGS revisited the area and release its latest findings in April, 2008. New analysis indicates that the Bakken Formation may represent one of the largest domestic oil and gas opportunities in U.S. history. The USGS report estimates that the U.S. portion of the Bakken represents 3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas and up to 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil, which is the largest continuous type of oil accumulation the USGS has ever assessed.

Western Standard currently owns a 50% share in the 42,000 acre Starbuck East Prospect that contains two primary target sites. The Eagle site is found at a depth of 1100 feet and represents 127.5 billion cubic feet of reserve. The Philips site is found at a depth of 2300 feet and represents about 92.4 billion cubic feet of reserve. The total valuation of the prospect exceeds $2.2 billion, based upon a standard calculation of $10 per MCF. Western Standard could recognize up to $1.1 billion in returns on the site.

Western Standard owns a 100% working interest (WI) and 80% net revenue interest (NRI) until payout in seven Lodgepole Reef Prospects. Following payout of a 20% royalty to the land owner, the company will own an 80% WI and 64% NRI on the prospects. Estimates put the potential site reserves at 4 million barrels of oil per prospect. Based on a rate of $100 per barrel, Western Standard’s 64% NI could recognize up to $1.79 billion in returns.

As the state of international oil and fuel resources continue to be in question, Western Standard is already addressing how it can provide domestic resources to consumers. With its focus on the Bakken Formation, Western Standard could soon recognize the rewards of its effort.

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RedChip Featured Company: Vidshadow, Inc. (VSHD.PK)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Vidshadow, Inc. is one of the fastest-growing video distribution networks on the Internet. The company provides solutions for advertisers, content providers, and affiliate web sites, along with advanced streaming video technology for consumers and corporations.

Vidshadow has an extensive library of professionally-produced media, allowing its users to locate the right video for their advertising campaigns. The company continues to build a network that groups advertising and content found on Internet sites. The media content is then organized into vertical categories and areas of interest to provide advertisers with targeted marketing opportunities. What’s interesting is that no bandwidth charges, content licensing fees, or subscriptions are required for users to access the media library.

The company has three areas of business. First is the content aggregation and distribution of licensed and professionally produced video into categories and audience specific groupings. Second is the advertising sales effort, where the company delivers in-stream video advertising to a group of qualified publisher and network affiliates. Third is the online video platform it provides for third-party websites. Through the distribution of its affiliate video player and its online platform, the company is able to combine its media library with dynamic advertising to increase viewership, loyalty, and monetization.

Vidshadow generates revenue through its relationship with advertisers. The company is able to provide small and large advertisers with versatile and varied targeting options for its campaigns. Vidshadow provides a variety of placement options, including category exclusivity, programming-centric scheduling, demographically targeted reach, site-specific placement, and customer geo-targeting. The company is conscientious about matching advertisers with the most appropriate ad placement scheme.

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RedChip Featured Company: West Canyon Energy Corp. (WCYO.OB)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

West Canyon Energy Corp. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company that hopes to provide new and secure energy solutions for the United States. Led by a team of oil and gas veterans who have worked with Shell, BP/Amoco, and Halliburton, the company is currently involved in domestic and international projects.

West Canyon owns participation stakes in three international projects through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PetroSouth Energy Corp. The company has a 60% participation share in the Buena Vista Block Project that contains 25,000 acres of contiguous land with a potential reserve of 13.13 million barrels of oil (MMBO). The company has a 20% participation share in the Talora Block Project that contains 108,333 acres of contiguous land with 5 prospects and a combined potential reserve of 209 MMBO. Finally, the company has a 6% working interest (WI) in the Carbonera Block Project that contains 64,000 acres of land with a potential reserve of 60 billion cubic feet of natural gas (BCFG) and 17.6 million barrels of condensate.

Domestically, West Canyon signed a Letter of Intent to acquire a 100% WI and 80% net revenue interest until payout in Slope County Oil Company’s existing leases in the Spring Creek Red River Prospect in North Dakota. After payout, the company would have an 80% WI. The prospect contains 4800 acres of land with a potential reserve of 60 MMBO. Based upon a standard rate of $100 per barrel oil, West Canyon’s 80% stake would result in a $4.8 billion return.

As with most investors, West Canyon is not putting all their eggs in one basket. They are continuing to pursue shares in international projects as they develop domestic holdings. Based upon the potential of the projects at hand, West Canyon should see steady revenues once the projects transition into full production sites.

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RedChip Featured Company: Vertical Branding, Inc. (VBDG)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Vertical Branding, Inc. (VBDG) is a consumer products company focused on providing consumers with high-quality household, beauty, and personal care products at reasonable prices. The company’s products currently include the ZorbEEZ, the E-Z Foldz step stool, the Steam Buddy, the MyPlace workstation, and the Hercules Hook.

Vertical Branding concentrates its efforts in three specific areas. First, the company uses an ROI-based transactional advertising strategy that generates direct-response product sales while building product and brand awareness to prospective customers. Second, the company concentrates on providing ‘everyday’ products that meet consumer needs at a reasonable price, which typically ranges from $9.99 to $39.99. Third, Vertical Branding has found that its typical buyers are females between 28 and 55 years of age, and Vertical Branding continually works to understand needs of this target audience.

Vertical Branding sells its products through a number of channels, either directly to consumers or through the Internet, television, and print advertising (“‘transactional marketing”). The products can also be found at some of the country’s largest retailers and drugstore chains. Finally, the products can be purchased through international distributors, catalog proprietors, and home shopping channels. The Vertical Branding team manages its transactional marketing on a daily basis to maximize results on television and online channels. The company also monitors its retail distribution efforts by matching purchase orders to sales projections to ensure its growth is on target.

To continue to meet the needs of its customer base, Vertical Branding is continuously seeking and acquiring exclusive rights to new and complementary products. The company’s goal is to add between four to six new products each year. The addition of new products fuels the company’s growth, while recurring sales from the current product line provide a stable revenue base.

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RedChip Featured Company: SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

SpaceDev, Inc. (SPDV) is a space systems company that wants to change how we get to, explore, and use outer space. The company’s diverse products include spacecraft actuators that power the Mars rovers, hybrid rockets used to power the first commercial astronaut into space, micro-satellites that are controlled via the Internet, and piloted orbital commercial spacecraft.

Founded in 1997, SpaceDev is on a mission to become a leader in commercial space. The management team feels that the journey into space will be made possible as practical applications are found to make space activities more affordable. The company’s primary aim is to develop small, innovative, affordable commercial space products to deliver value to its customers and shareholders. SpaceDev hopes to apply its entrepreneurial spirit to fulfill its long-term goal of creating a private space program.

SpaceDev has three facilities dedicated to specific technological areas. The California facility supports the development of sub-orbital and orbital hybrid propulsion systems and low-cost spacecraft, including microsats, nanosats, and maneuvering and orbital transfer vehicles (MoTV). The North Carolina facility specializes in the design and production of spacecraft electromechanical motors and actuators. Finally, the Colorado facility dedicates its efforts on the development of High Output Paraffin (HOP) thermal actuators and mechanical systems, including deployable structures and mechanical components.

To date more than 2,500 SpaceDev mechanisms have successfully been used in over 250 spacecraft. SpaceDev has a talented team of more than 200 employees who are equipped to meet the needs of its clients, such as NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop, who look to SpaceDev to help them continue to reach for the skies and beyond.

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RedChip Featured Company: UpSNAP, Inc. (UPSN)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

UpSNAP, Inc. (UPSN) is a company providing mobile entertainment services, a mobile search engine, and an advertising platform for cellular users in the United States. The company has developed the first cellular-specific directory and entertainment platform via paid listings and premium services.

UpSNAP’s entertainment services are provided through its proprietary Streaming Wireless Internet Gateway (SWInG) platform. The platform enables cellular users by providing access to live and on-demand streaming audio content, including NASCAR In-Car Audio, ESPN Radio, and over 150 additional radio channels via radio, television, or satellite sources.

UpSNAP’s mobile search engine utilizes a patent-pending technology that uses flexible wireless search and natural language commands to deliver services to cellular users. The commands are then combined with a multi-media voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) infrastructure that call-connects cellular to merchants. Cellular users are able to easily search and browse for mobile content and comparison shop for products and connect directly with merchants at no cost. The mobile search services include directory assistance, horoscopes, comedy, weather, calorie counters, airline travel information, and sports shows.

UpSNAP generates revenues by charging merchants who are willing to pay for access to new customers via the call-connect system in a pay-per-call program or through a subscription program. Traditionally, cellular users have had to pay for any cellular 411 or other services.

The UpSNAP technology is available for licensing by wireless carriers, service providers, and content providers who want to include searchable wireless streaming audio into their existing services. As the number of cellular users grows each week, supplementing the available services with the UpSNAP technology can differentiate any service provider from the rest.

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RedChip Featured Company: RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp. (RXII)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII) is a biopharmaceutical company working towards the development and commercialization of proprietary therapies based upon RNA interference (RNAi). RNAi is considered to be a significant advancement in the field. In 2002, the journal Science selected RNAi as the “Breakthrough of the Year”. The discovery team, which included Dr. Craig Mello, one of the founders of RXi, was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

It is believed that RNAi, which is a naturally occurring mechanism for the regulation of gene expression, can be used to selectively inhibit the activity of any human gene. RXi hopes to harness the ability to inhibit or “turn off” targeted genes that lead to the development of specific diseases. Founded by leading researchers in the RNAi field, the company hopes to identify leading compounds and move towards pre-clinical and clinical development programs in neurology, metabolic disease, oncology, and a number of other fields.

A major building block was discovered by the neurology studies, which found that some forms of Lou Gehrig’s disease are caused by defects in a gene called SOD1. Early pre-clinical studies have shown promising results using an RNAi compound to selectively inhibit the SOD1 gene. The company is refining the work and, if positive results occur, will enter into formal pre-clinical development. RXi will perform lateral work to deliver RNAi therapies to the central nervous system to explore applicable treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease.

In the metabolic disease group, RXi is using in-licensed intellectual property developed by co-founder Dr. Michael Czech on genes that may be important regulators of metabolism. Studies have shown that the inactivation of one of the genes, named RIP140, can cause fat cells to metabolize instead of store fat. Mice used in the studies that did not express the RIP140 stayed lead and non-diabetic, even when given a high-fat diet. RXi is developing RNAi compounds targeting the RIP140 gene for potential application to those who are obese and to those with obesity-related type-2 diabetes.

This vastly new approach of modifying targeted genes is certainly outside the traditional path to curing diseases, but RXi continues to move forward with its research to unlock the key to “turning off” the effects bad genes.

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RedChip Featured Company: Rock Energy Resources, Inc. (RCKE.OB)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Rock Energy Resources (RCKE) is an independent gas and oil company based out of Houston, Texas. In the early 1980’s, many independent companies abandoned prospective wells in the United States and turned to international and offshore opportunities. Rock Energy is taking another look at these untapped resources and is focused on acquiring the domestic offset and existing wells that show potential.

Rock Energy has an established set of criteria when evaluating prospective wellsites. The team utilizes the most advanced 2D and 3D imaging, micromagnetics and other interpretive tools to help uncover opportunities. Typically, properties must pass a minimum ten-times-return payoff to even be considered for development. The company’s objective is to develop onshore oil and gas sites that will not only pay off, but will pay off well. This is where the company’s dynamic duo performs their magic in the field. One team member is a “wellsite evaluation guru”, while the other has a 25-year track record in exploration.

The prospecting group is not the only one with years of experience to draw from. The expertise of the entire team of professionals at Rock Energy covers every niche of the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Rock Energy’s three key principals alone bring in a combined 50 years of experience in the industry. From project management to engineering, drilling to investments, and geophysics to accounting, all team members bring proven track records to the table.

Rock Energy currently has sites in Colorado County, Texas, and Santa Barbara, California. Rock Energy has a 100% working interest (WI) at the Pintail #1 site located in Upper Wilcox of the Garwood Field in Colorado County. The site has produced an initial flow rate of 300 MCFD (thousand cubic feet per day) and will payout by mid-September. The company is evaluating 8 square miles of 3D seismic overlay on the project acreage and has leased an additional property for drilling. The company also has a 100% WI in Pintail Flats #1 located in the Lower Wilcox of the Garwood Field in Colorado County. Subsurface mapping and 3D seismic data show the potential for 7 additional wells at the site, with total potential reserves of more than 5 BCF. Finally, Rock Energy has a 7% WI in both Orcutt and Casmalia Diatomite fields in Santa Barbara County, with an option to acquire 20% working interest at both sites.

Rock Energy’s unique approach of assessing abandoned sites is one that may help relieve the U.S. reliance on international oil and gas resources. As the initial sites move into production, Rock Energy plans to continue acquiring additional untapped resources and expand its revenue base.

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RedChip Featured Company: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (QTWW)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (QTWW) is a diverse alternative energy company engaged in the development and production of propulsion systems, energy storage technologies, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum provides solutions, from conception to production, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), commercial organizations, and governments. The company’s mission is to create breakthrough technologies that redefine the future of energy.

Quantum is a Tier 1 supplier of “green” vehicle technologies to automotive OEMs. The company’s technologies are being fully integrated into the transportation industry. Quantum’s core hybrid electric, hydrogen, and alternative fuel technologies allow for energy efficient use in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

With its knowledge of powertrain engineering and vehicle integration, Quantum has worked with the U.S. Army in designing complete fuel cell and hybrid vehicles. Utilizing the Quantum technology would provide soldiers with a tactical advantage by providing virtually silent operating modes that would have a reduced thermal signature, extended silent watch capabilities, and produce transportable power for telecommunications, surveillance, and other battlefield equipment. Quantum also has strategic alliances with General Motors, Fisker Automotive, Asola, and Advanced Lithium Power, Inc.

Quantum has developed a proprietary high-performance plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system called “Q-Drive”. The Q-Drive takes advantage of the performance potential of electric drive systems while providing high mileage and low emissions from its integrated, plug-in hybrid electric design. The drive system provides advantages including optimal fuel efficiency, continued use of traditional fuel stations, and simple battery charging through any 110-volt outlet, 220/240-volt fast-charging outlet, or a Quantum solar-energy powered recharging station. The Q-Drive will be used in the Fisker Automotive line of premium luxury vehicles and will provide drivers with up to 50 miles of emissions-free driving per day.

Quantum is taking a lead in the development of hydrogen technologies. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and can be easily generated from renewable energy resources. One of the largest hurdles in making hydrogen a viable fuel source has been how to safely store it. Quantum has developed the most advanced hydrogen storage system in the industry, which has set the path for the Department of Energy’s National Hydrogen Energy Roadmap. Additionally, the company’s hydrogen refueling stations provide modular solutions for creating a distribution infrastructure to meet the increased demand for hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

According to Alan Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum, “Our goal is to build upon our foundation of advanced energy technologies to become the premier, fully integrated alternative energy company.”

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