Global Thermoelectric's big ambitions to take flight in massive cargo plane

    CALGARY, April 24 /CNW/ - Global Thermoelectric, a world leader in remote
power generation systems, is a little company that thinks big.
    How big? On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, as part of the Calgary-based
company's pledge to deliver remote power to a customer in Kazakhstan, the
world's largest cargo plane will land in Calgary to transport six remote power
systems halfway around the world.
    The Antonov AN-124-100, or Condor, is the largest aircraft ever
mass-produced. It will arrive on April 28 at 9:15 a.m. at Calgary
International Airport, where it will take on Global Thermoelectric's giant
151,800-pound (69,000-kg) load before leaving in the wee hours of April 29 for
Atyrau, Kazakhstan, via Gander, Newfoundland.
    Antonov Condors, which began flying in 1982, have landed in Calgary only
a handful of times in the past 20 years, usually to haul oil and gas
    "This is business as usual for Global, in terms of helping customers in
faraway and remote places with unique applications," says James Bolen, Vice
President of Global Thermoelectric. "We do that every day. What seems unique
to a lot of people is business as usual for us."
    This transportation process is one of the final steps in a very
challenging project Global Thermoelectric took on for a Eurasian pipeline
consortium, which needed controls and monitoring equipment installed along a
new segment of a liquids pipeline.
    The six remote power systems are a highly customized version of an
innovative Global Thermoelectric product called GlobalGridConnect, which
augments reliability for remote grid-connected systems. Global Thermoelectric
was responsible for all the engineering, design, procurement and fabrication
of the systems to meet the pipeline consortium's unique requirements in a very
short time frame.
    "This also speaks to the critical nature of the work that we do," says
Bruce Taylor, Chairman and President of Global Thermoelectric. "The client is
incurring great expense and trouble to get these units airfreighted over
there, because they're so critical to system operation."
    Global Thermoelectric, a flourishing privately owned company, has
installed more than 20,000 remote power systems - most of which are built
around thermoelectric generators (TEGs), the company's long-running workhorse
- in 50 countries around the world to reliably deliver power to oil and gas,
telecommunications and security applications.
    The recent introduction of new remote power products has widened the
company's scope of business and enhanced its profile as a world leader. These
products include: GlobalHybrid systems, which offer a greener solution via
solar energy, but with better reliability; GlobalCharge systems, which can
handle larger loads with greater efficiency and run on diesel fuel; and
GlobalGridConnect systems.
    Global Thermoelectric is a thriving company, and is still actively
looking to fill several positions, specifically in its Engineering and
Technical departments. For a listing of the company's career opportunities,
and for more information on Global Thermoelectric, please visit

    ABOUT GLOBAL THERMOELECTRIC: The Calgary-based company was founded in
1975 by a group of entrepreneurs from the oil and gas industry who purchased
thermoelectric technology that had been used in NASA's Apollo space program to
generate power on the moon. Global's technology is currently used in the oil
and gas, telecommunications and security and surveillance industries. Global
has corporate offices in Calgary and Houston, and authorized agents around the

For further information:

For further information: James Bolen, Vice-President, Sales and
Marketing, Global Thermoelectric, No.9, 3700 78 Ave. S.E., Calgary, Alberta,
Canada, T2C2L8, Phone: (403) 720-1186, E-mail:;
Secondary Contact: Michell McDougall, Representative, Global Thermoelectric,
(403) 968-4519

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