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April 16, 2012 11:30 ET

How Atmospheric Energy Could Vault Past Wind & Solar: Could SEFE Inc (SEFE) Emulate First Solar Inc (FSLR) or Attract General Electric (GE)?

NEWARK, DELAWARE--(Marketwire - April 16, 2012) - Past performance is not a guarantee of future results, but history is still a good guide to how industry booms occur. For a glimpse at the possibilities that could lie ahead for SEFE Inc. (SEFE), it is instructive to look at what happened in other alternative energies from 2000 to 2010. During that period, wind power went from $4 billion to $60.5 billion; solar power jumped even more, from $2.5 billion to $71.2 billion.

Even so, together those clean energy sources are today only supplying less than 3% of the world's rapidly increasing energy demand. Given the global need for renewable power, and the desire to turn away from fossil fuels, atmospheric energy could grow as rapidly as solar and wind -- potentially even faster. Indeed, SEFE has calculated that it expects a pricing advantage: Atmospheric energy could generate power for as little as 3 cents per kilowatt-hour, which would compare very favorably as an alternative to both solar (20 cents/kWh) and wind (7 cents/kWh).

By virtue of controlling key patents, SEFE is in the driver's seat, as the first and only company poised to capitalize on atmospheric energy's potential. For example, SEFE's trajectory could be just like First Solar Inc. (FSLR), which went public in November 2006 and reached a market cap in excess of $25 billion 18 months later. And their stock price rocketed up 1,485% in the process. Today, First Solar is the patent powerhouse in solar, but it was four years before they had 21 patents. With 26 patents in various stages of the approval process with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, SEFE is ahead of the game.

SEFE's intellectual property strategy could also make them attractive to General Electric Company (GE), which already represents half of the world's capacity in wind-generated power and is making a significant push into solar. In fact, GE is on record for seeking $30 billion in acquisitions over the next two to three years. SEFE would fit perfectly into GE's intellectual property portfolio, enabling them to dominate atmospheric energy almost overnight. Moreover, knowing that potential, it is not outside the realm of possibility that a bidding war for SEFE could happen between major energy conglomerates.

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