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Dr. Robert W. Bower Joins the EPIR / Sunovia Team as Senior Director of Product Innovation

April 30, 2009

Famed Inventor to Assist Solar Development

SARASOTA, Fla. and BOLINGBROOK, Ill., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SUNV) and EPIR Technologies, Inc. (EPIR and collectively with Sunovia, “the Partners”) announce that Robert W. Bower, inventor of the Self-Aligned Gate Field Effect Transistor (SAGFET) and Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET), has joined EPIR Technologies as Senior Director of Product Innovation and Strategic Advisor. Dr. Bower is the only member ever to be inducted to both the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Semiconductor Hall of Fame. Dr. Bower’s expertise further enhances the Partner’s low-cost, high-throughput multi-junction solar cell manufacturing processes.

The SAGFET and MOSFET is used by the millions in virtually every integrated circuit ‘chip’ in every computer, iPod, cell phone and other consumer electric devices on the planet. The SAGFET is the most replicated man-made inorganic structure in history.

Dr. Siva Sivananthan, founder and CEO of EPIR Technologies, Inc., stated, “Dr. Bower’s inventive genius and career achievements are amply demonstrated by his many awards and extensive patent portfolio. Our chance meeting 14 years ago at a conference in Chennai, India led to my firsthand understanding of his exceptional talents. Dr. Bower is already contributing greatly to our ultra-high efficiency solar cell development and new infrared imaging products. Dr. Bower is also developing a new product line of silicon integrated circuits that cost-effectively add light emission from the circuit’s nodes.” Dr. Sivananthan added, “Dr. Bower’s recognition of the work and innovation that we are achieving is most gratifying.”

Dr. Bower stated, “My exposure to leading semiconductor manufacturers throughout the world as an advisor and consultant has led me to choose EPIR Technologies as the place to work. I believe the CdTe/Si solar substrate that EPIR and Sunovia are currently commercializing has the potential to become the standard for solar chip development in much the same way SAGFET and MOSFET became the standard for integrated circuits. EPIR has already established dominance in the infrared field, and my assessment is that EPIR and Sunovia will fulfill their great promise in becoming dominant in solar energy.” Dr. Bower added, “The level of innovation, talent and focus of the entire team is a privilege to work with.”

Dr. Bower obtained his PhD in Applied Physics at the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1973, and has been presented with the Distinguished Alumni award, which is the highest honor Caltech makes to an individual. He is an Emeritus Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of California at Davis. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Physics Department at Queens University, Belfast and the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been honored with numerous distinguished awards such as the Ronald H. Brown, American Innovators Award and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, to name a few. He is also a member of Boehmische Physical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In addition to Dr. Bower’s contributions in the advancement of SAGFET and MOSFET, he has published over 80 journals and articles, patented over 28 inventions, and authored chapters in 3 different books.

About Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.

Sunovia(TM) Energy Technologies is a Sarasota, Florida-based energy independence company. Sunovia’s primary lines of business are advanced, cost-effective concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar systems that employ patented cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell and infrared (IR) technologies, and energy-efficient LED lighting products marketed under the EvoLucia(TM) brand. In addition, Sunovia has exclusive marketing rights to infrared products produced by EPIR Technologies, Inc. for civilian and military night vision markets.

Sunovia’s solar and LED lighting technologies are among the most cost and energy efficient in the world, and the Company’s research and development is dedicated to ensuring that Sunovia stays at the forefront of the renewable energy curve as markets expand and territories are defined. Sunovia is being advised by pre-eminent authorities in the field of renewable energy, including former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and former Under Secretary of Commerce Kenneth I. Juster.

Sunovia owns a significant equity interest in Illinois-based EPIR Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the field of IR sensors and IR imaging that has pioneered the commercialization of CdTe on Si and HgCdTe on Si photovoltaic products, EPIR’s infrared knowledge and experience is equal to or exceeds any company in the world. EPIR holds the patent for growing CdTe directly on a Si readout integrated circuit, for which the company is developing a manufacturing capability with Congressional funding. Sunovia and EPIR have a network of close collaborative relationships, including the Army Research Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, BAE Systems, and other laboratories around the world.

More information about the exclusive partnership between Sunovia and EPIR is available in the Sunovia’s Securities and Exchange filings at www.sec.gov, or at the companies’ websites, www.sunoviaenergy.com and www.epir.com.

The Sunovia(TM) logo is a registered service mark of Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Sunovia Energy products and services and EvoLucia(TM) products and services are provided by Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements made by Sunovia in this press release are forward-looking in nature. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Sunovia believes that its primary risk factors include, but are not limited to: development and maintenance of strategic acquisitions; domestic and international acceptance of our product lines; defending our intellectual property and proprietary rights; development of new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully completing commercial testing of new technologies and systems to support new products and services; and attracting and retaining qualified management and other personnel. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Sunovia’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.

SOURCE Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.


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