Ciris Energy Closes Round of Financing from GE, Braemar Energy Ventures and Rho Ventures

January 27, 2010

For Immediate Release

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (Business Wire) — Ciris Energy, Inc, an emerging technology-based energy production company, has closed a round of financing with GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE - News), Braemar Energy Ventures and Rho Ventures in funding Ciris' next stage of development.

Ciris Energy is developing its proprietary technology to biologically convert coal to methane in large-scale quantities at low cost. The company is currently conducting commercial-scale field tests of its lab-tested technology. The company’s technologies are more economical than conventional natural gas development and thermo-chemical gasification processes.

“We're excited about the transformational potential of Ciris's coal bio-conversion technology,” said Kevin Skillern, Managing Director and head of venture capital at GE Energy Financial Services. “GE is an ideal partner to assist Ciris in the successful commercialization of its technology."

Jerry Clark, CEO of Ciris Energy, commented, “We are pleased that GE has joined our company as an investor and as a strategic partner. In 2010, Ciris will further demonstrate how its novel technologies can transform coal simply and efficiently to produce clean, low-cost energy.”

About Ciris Energy

Ciris Energy is a privately held company with novel technology focused on large-scale production of low-cost natural gas. Its disruptive technology transforms coal to natural gas at high yields and low cost through proprietary biochemical conversion. The company has developed distinct technology applications for in-situ and ex-situ bioconversion to efficiently convert both underground and mined low-rank coal to pipeline-quality methane. Additional information is available at

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About Braemar Energy Ventures

Founded in 2003, Braemar Energy Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in transformative energy-tech and related companies contributing to global sustainability and combating climate change. Using sector expertise and experience, Braemar aims to be an engaged partner with its portfolio companies to best help them navigate the path to creating significant global impact. For more information, visit