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Altair Nanotechnologies Chief Applications Engineer Elected to Electricity Storage Association Board of Directors

Published on June 24, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano) (Nasdaq: ALTI), a leading provider of energy storage systems for clean, efficient power and energy management, announces that its chief applications engineer for grid stabilization products was elected to the Electricity Storage Association Board of Directors, as well as named to an IEEE working group addressing a critical initiative to develop smart grid standards.

The Electricity Storage Association (ESA) promotes the development and commercialization of competitive and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. Altairnano Chief Applications Engineer for Grid Stabilization Products, Chet Sandberg, P.E., was elected to a two-year term on the board, and will serve on ESA's Finance Committee.

Sandberg will also represent Altairnano on an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) standards working group, P2030, which will provide a knowledge base for understanding and defining smart grid interoperability of the electric power system with end-use applications and loads. According to IEEE, P2030 will define key elements of the modernized grid, and accelerate progress in making the smart grid a reality. Sandberg is a member of the Power Engineering Technology Task Force 1.

"This is one of the most exciting times to be part of the energy industry," Sandberg said. "The challenges associated with grid instability, renewable integration and other issues are formidable, but our technology, and its distinctive performance attributes, is ideally suited to solve them. I'm pleased that my involvement with ESA and IEEE will help accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies."

Sandberg is a nationally recognized electrical and mechanical engineer with an impressive 40-year track record in advanced technology innovation, development and commercialization. For more than three years, Sandberg has been actively involved in the development of Altairnano's utility-scale power storage solutions for grid stabilization and renewable integration applications.

Named an IEEE fellow in 2000 for his contributions to electrical heat tracing for industrial and commercial applications, Sandberg holds two professional engineering licenses in the state of California, has been awarded 21 patents and has published more than 50 technical papers on energy storage, electric heat tracing, fiber optics, sensor technology and other topics. Sandberg received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

"Chet is a nationally recognized engineer, and these appointments are further recognition of his outstanding career," said Terry Copeland, Ph.D., Altair Nanotechnologies' Chief Executive Officer. "The ESA and IEEE are both heavily engaged in moving forward new developments, such as Altairnano's Energy Storage System, to improve the efficiency and stability of the grid. We are pleased that Chet will be more intimately involved with both organizations."

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