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World Leaders in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector will Gather in Vancouver June 16-19 to Showcase Latest Technology, Product Commercialization, Infrastructure and Public Policy Initiatives

June 14, 2013
World Leaders in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector will Gather in Vancouver June 16-19 to Showcase Latest Technology, Product Commercialization, Infrastructure and Public Policy Initiatives

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 14, 2013) -

Editors Note: There is a video associated with this press release.

Canada's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector is headed for a strong, successful year based on early results, according to Eric Denhoff, President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, as the sixth edition of the international "Hydrogen +Fuel Cells 2013" (HFC2013) Conference is set to kick off this weekend in Vancouver.

More than 700 leaders from business, government and research institutions are attending the four day conference and tradeshow, beginning Sunday at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

"Canada continues to lead the world in key hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and commercialization initiatives," Mr. Denhoff said, pointing to Ballard Power Systems' recent Engineering Services contract with Volkswagen to advance development of fuel cells for use in demonstration vehicles, valued at C$60-to-100 million, Mercedes-Benz Canada's launch of a new $53 million automated fuel cell production and technology development facility in Burnaby as well as Canadian energy storage leader Hydrogenics Corporation's recent signing of its largest ever multi-year contract, valued at $90 million.

"Canada is leading the way in renewables to hydrogen to gas technologies," noted Hydrogenics Corporation's CEO Daryl Wilson. Hydrogenics has won a very significant share of global power to gas energy storage projects with their world leading electrolysis product.

"Ballard Power Systems and Hydrogenics Corporation have both experienced significant appreciation of their respective share prices in the last year, demonstrating renewed investor confidence in the growing Canadian sector", Denhoff noted.

"At Ballard, we are very pleased with the level of market interest and increasing adoption of commercial fuel cell solutions," said John Sheridan, President & CEO of Ballard Power Systems. "For example, our Telecom Backup Power systems have proven to be a highly reliable, cost effective alternative to meet extended duration runtime requirements in wireless telecom networks from South Africa to Southeast Asia. We believe that overall positive developments in the sector are taking us toward a 'tipping point'."

On the automotive front, Denhoff noted "Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have joined forces at Mercedes' facility in Burnaby, reinforcing Canada's continuing leadership in the sector." Hyundai Motor Company has launched the world's first commercial, serial factory production of Fuel Cell Vehicles, and Canadians can get a first look during HFC 2013, where a 'Ride & Drive' event will highlight Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota fuel cell vehicles, as well as showcasing a Class 8 fuel cell truck from California. A zero emission fuel cell bus from the BC Transit fleet in Whistler will also be on display. The Whistler fleet is the world's largest zero emission fuel cell bus fleet, and has logged more than 1.5 million miles in revenue service to date.

Denhoff noted that the Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector generates more than $200 million in annual revenue and supports 2,000 clean, high-paying technology jobs. World leaders in the sector will be in Vancouver to showcase new developments, including commercial products.

There are major developments in the sector regularly, Mr. Denhoff said, "These range from energy storage projects to automotive alliances; and from growing telecom backup power installations to important product enhancements. These are signs of an evolving, fast-growing clean energy sector."

Denhoff added, "Companies like BMW, FedEx, Whole Foods, Walmart and others have been deploying fuel-cell powered forklifts for distribution centres, a clean energy application powered by Ballard-made fuel cells. More than 40 buses worldwide will be in service by the end of this year, using Canadian fuel cells. And companies from around the world are investing in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, from BIC to Luxor, to companies from China, the U.S. and elsewhere. And, Canadian expertise in this sector has a very positive worldwide reputation."

Eric Denhoff, President and CEO

Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national, non-profit association that supports Canadian corporations, governments and educational institutions that are developing, demonstrating and deploying hydrogen and fuel cell products and services in Canada.

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CHFCA Member ITM Power's First Sale of 'Power-to-Gas' Plant in Germany

May 15, 2013
CHFCA Member ITM Power's First Sale of 'Power-to-Gas' Plant in Germany

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has won a competitive tender process, based on both price and performance, for a Thüga Group project, to supply a 360kW Power-to-Gas energy storage plant. This is ITM Power’s first major commercial sale in Germany of a large hydrogen production unit based on its unique design of a self-pressurising rapid response PEM Electrolyser. The unit produces 125kg/day of hydrogen gas and incorporates AEG power electronics. It will be situated at a Mainova AG site in the Schielestraße, Frankfurt in the state of Hessen.

The operational data will be shared by the whole Thüga group – the largest network of energy companies in Germany with around 100 municipal utility members.

The project partners include: badenova AG & Co. KG, Erdgas Mittelsachsen GmbH, Energieversorgung Mittelrhein GmbH, erdgas schwaben GmbH, Gasversorgung Westerwald GmbH, Mainova Aktiengesellschaft, Stadtwerke Ansbach GmbH, Stadtwerke Bad Hersfeld GmbH, Thüga Energienetze GmbH, WEMAG AG, e-rp GmbH, ESWE Versorgungs AG with Thüga Aktiengesellschaft as project coordinator. Scientific partners will participate in the operational phase.

Power to gas energy storage is rapidly growing in significance in Germany and this deployment with Thüga-Group is the largest ever PEM Electrolyser deployment in a Power-to-Gas application to date. PEM electrolysers are able to respond rapidly to fluctuating renewable inputs and so are able to store renewable energy as hydrogen for injection into the gas grid. The ITM Power technology is unique since it can respond in one second and is self-pressurising up to 80bar, permitting direct injection into the German gas grid.

Michael Riechel, CTO, Thüga Aktiengesellschaft, commented: “In the decade between 2020 and 2030 we will need to store excess renewable energy in significant volumes. We have calculated that the municipal natural gas network is capable of storing all future generated excess renewable energy. In order to transform green electricity into hydrogen or methane we need an economic best practice. It is important for the advancement of Power-to-Gas technology to make the transition from lab to practical demonstration. We believe that the natural gas distribution system could be the battery of the future, and we are now building the charger.”

Dr.-Ing. Peter Birkner, Director, Mainova AG, commented: “The energy sector in Germany is undergoing a fundamental change, which is being accelerated as Germany moves away from nuclear power generation. We are now exploring all aspects of harnessing intermittent renewable energy and it is essential that we can harness all of the renewable energy that we generate. ITM Power’s technology will be a key part of the systems that we need to achieve our goals.”

Phil Doran, MD, ITM Power GmbH, commented: “This is our first significant sale into the German utility market and is recognition of ITM Power’s expertise in the energy storage and clean fuel sector. Germany is the leading market for energy storage technology, particularly after the Government’s decision to pull out of nuclear generation.”

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power plc, commented: “Harvesting the maximum energy generated by intermittent and varying renewable energy sources is still seen as the holy grail in the power generation and distribution industry.  We have the technology to achieve this today.  The Company is looking forward to deploying its technology further in the forward thinking German market.”

For further information please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:

ITM Power plc
Graham Cooley, CEO
0114 244 5111

N+1 Singer  (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Shaun Dobson / Jenny Wyllie
020 7496 3000

Tavistock Communications
Simon Hudson / Kelsey Traynor
020 7920 3150

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Hydrogenics Awarded Energy Storage System for E.ON in Germany

April 12, 2013
Hydrogenics Awarded Energy Storage System for E.ON in Germany

World’s First Megawatt PEM Electrolyzer for Power-to-Gas Facility

 

Mississauga, Ontario – April 8, 2013 – Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS; TSX: HYG), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that it has been awarded a 1 megawatt hydrogen energy storage system to be deployed in the City of Hamburg, Germany. Hydrogenics’ energy storage application will employ advanced proton exchange membrane (“PEM”) technology for production of the hydrogen, using excess power generated from renewable energy in the region, primarily wind. This “Power-to-Gas” facility will be run by E.ON, a global provider of innovative energy services and an existing customer of Hydrogenics. In the core of the system will be the world’s largest single PEM electrolyzer stack, which will serve as the building block for future multi-megawatt applications.

“This is another exciting milestone both for Hydrogenics and the energy storage industry in general,” said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics. “Sites such as this E.ON facility will allow Germany to more efficiently use the large amount of renewable energy generated from wind and solar power, which can fluctuate dramatically due to environmental conditions. Hydrogen-based energy storage systems can absorb surplus energy as needed, return power when required, alleviate grid instability, and improve overall utility performance. In addition, the hydrogen produced can be stored in large quantities over long periods of time within the country’s natural gas infrastructure. Using our technology, Hamburg will have the most advanced Power-to-Gas facility in the world and the largest PEM electrolysis installation producing hydrogen. We are pleased to be working once again with E.ON on this groundbreaking project, having just delivered our first energy storage equipment to them in December, 2012.”

Construction of the plant, backed by a consortium of German companies and scientific organizations, is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2013. Funding has been provided by Germany’s National Innovation Program (NIP) for hydrogen and fuel cell technology, under the auspices of the country’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Buildings and Urban Affairs in coordination with the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).

E.ON is the holding company of the world's largest investor-owned electric utility service provider, based in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It operates in over 30 countries and serves over 26 million customers.

About Hydrogenics
Hydrogenics Corporation is a world leader in engineering and building the technologies required to enable the acceleration of a global power shift. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Hydrogenics provides hydrogen generation, energy storage and hydrogen power modules to its customers and partners around the world. Hydrogenics has manufacturing sites in Germany, Belgium and Canada and service centers in Russia, China, India, Europe, the US and Canada.

Hydrogenics Contacts:

Chris Witty
Hydrogenics Investor Relations
(646) 438-9385
cwitty@darrowir.com

Bob Motz, Chief Financial Officer
Hydrogenics Corporation
(905) 361-3660
investors@hydrogenics.com

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Harper Government Strengthens the Western Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector

March 12, 2013
Harper Government Strengthens the Western Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector

The Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector received a boost today, thanks to federal funding announced by Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

"The Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector is well-recognized for producing cutting-edge and innovative energy solutions that have tremendous potential for growth," said PS Saxton. "Our Government is proud to support the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association as they transition the sector to commercialization and help to create jobs and new economic opportunities."

The investment of $646,750 will help the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) develop and implement the Accelerated Trade and Investment Program for small-to-medium sized enterprises in the western Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector. This initiative includes training, consultation, material development and, support of industry presence at key sector/market events. As a result, the program will increase sector sales, attract foreign investments, and promote sector job creation.

"The Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector, significantly concentrated in Western Canada, sells most of its' products overseas, and this contribution from the Government of Canada will help accelerate our market penetration to key, developing markets like Korea, China, India, South America and South Africa," said Eric Denhoff, CHFCA President and CEO. "Canadian firms in the HFC sector are pushing aggressively into these markets, and having the right materials, strategy and federal support is critical to our potential for success."

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Contact Information

    Jaime Burke
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    BC Region
    604-666-1318

    Roxanne Le-Goff
    Manager, Marketing and Communications
    CHFCA
    604-283-1041

    WD Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)
    Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 877 303-3388
    Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca

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Hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide ready to race in 2013

March 12, 2013
Hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide ready to race in 2013

The Geneva Motor Show and upcoming Nürburgring 24 Hours will be a showcase for Aston Martin to honor its history and to show off the possibilities of what sports cars can do today – including racing in a hydrogen hybrid.

Aston Martin head Ulrich Bez announced during the Geneva Motor Show that the CC100 roadster will debut at this year's Nürburgring 24 Hours. The roadster fuses the styling of the iconic, historic DBR1 sports racer with more modern design. The first CC100 will honor founder Aston Martin's 100th birthday, and the second model will commemorate Sir Sterling Moss' victory at the 1959 Nürburgring race where he crossed the finish line in his Aston Martin DBR1.

These are the only two CC100s the British sports carmaker has in the works at this time, and they won't be cheap. The V-12 Vantage-based open-air sports car, which has an open cockpit, will sell somewhere in between the V12 Zagato's 330,000 pounds (US $497,145) and the One-77's 1.4 million pounds ($2,109,100).

Aston Martin will also roll out the latest in advanced vehicle technologies – its Rapide race car powered by a hydrogen hybrid engine (pictured). It's got a 500-horsepower engine and will join the CC100 at Nürburgring 24 Hours. As a hybrid, it's also powered by gasoline, which will fuel the car for most of the race. Still, the Rapide will deliver the very first "race-pace zero emissions lap" powered by hydrogen, according to Aston Martin.

Aston Martin's Bez says that the Rapide is more than just a technology statement. He thinks that hydrogen hybrids may be the best way to achieve zero-emissions transportation in the coming decades. To reach zero, though, Aston Martin will need to find something other than gasoline for the miles traveled hybrid style.

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CHFCA President Message: Canada’s Fuel Cell Sector Staging Dramatic Comeback

March 11, 2013
CHFCA President Message: Canada’s Fuel Cell Sector Staging Dramatic Comeback

CHFCA President Message
Canada’s Fuel Cell Sector Staging Dramatic Comeback

Even just a year ago, many observers of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector were wondering aloud whether Canada could retain it’s leading role internationally, in the face of increasing competition from Japan, the US and Europe.

Well, the answer is in and it’s a resounding “Yes!”.

Consider the following recent confirmations of Canada’s continuing star power in the fuel cell and hydrogen world:

• Ballard Power Just announced the company’s re-entry into the auto end of the fuel cell business with a contract with Volkswagen worth up to $100 million, whereby Ballard will assist Volkswagen in developing a new fuel cell vehicle for that company;

• Mercedes Benz opened their $70milion+ automated fuel cell manufacturing plant in Vancouver, the world’s first

• No sooner had they opened the plant, than Mercedes announced Nissan and Ford have now partnered in the venture, making Vancouver Canada’s largest automotive research centre and a world centre of excellence in automotive fuel cell work. Nissan engineers have now joined Mercedes and Ford engineers in Vancouver to start the partnership.

• Hydrogenics, of Mississauga, Ontario, recently announced the largest contract in the company’s history, a $90 million fuel-cell related contract

• Hydrogenics has been awarded five of seven contracts for energy storage technology let by one of the world’s largest utilities, E.ON of Germany

• Ballard just announced a $4 million investment by South Africa’s Anglo American to develop a home-centred fuel cell unit

• Ballard has sold 50 backup power telecom units to China Telecom, and hundreds of units through to Indonesia telecom companies for backup power

• Canadian firms have sold and/or commissioned into service key new stationary fuel cell plants for Indian Tribes in the U.S., the US Air Force in Hawaii, Toyota’s headquarters in California and a host of others

• Canadian firms like Powertech, which tests fuel tanks for most major OEMs, and Greenlight Innovation, which tests fuel cells for a wide variety of international customers, have each expanded business and markets

• Powertech will open a new, 700-bar, publicly accessible fueling station this spring in Vancouver, which now has more fueling stations than anywhere in North America outside of California

• The University of British Columbia forged a formal partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer, Europe’s largest research institution for applied research, to focus on renewable-energy technologies, for a $4.9 miillion deal

• Canada’s Science and Technology Development Canada (STDC) program invested $2 million in Ballard for a bus fuel cell program. Today, Ballard announced the sale of a bus system to Connecticut, on top of sales to Europe and having furnished fuel cells for the world’s largest zero emission bus fleet, 20 buses in-service in Whistler, Canada, which have more than 1 million miles in commercial service under their belt.
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First production hydrogen fuel cell cars hit the market, from Hyundai

March 11, 2013
First production hydrogen fuel cell cars hit the market, from Hyundai


Mass-produced, hydrogen-powered cars were once called the wave of the distant future. Hyundai just advanced the timetable as the first production Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell crossovers rolled off the production line in Ulsan, Korea, earlier this year. It’s based on the small crossover called the Hyundai Tucson in the US. The ix35/Tucson Fuel Cell converts hydrogen to electricity to power electric motors, rather than burning hydrogen in place of gasoline as BMW has done with its internal combustion hydrogen cars. Either way, the only emission is water vapor.

Hyundai says it will produce 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles by 2015. Initial production will be for municipal fleets in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in Skane, Sweden. Early hydrogen vehicle deployments are limited to locations with a refueling infrastucture. With a Hyundai-reported driving range of 370 miles (594 km), there would be no need to refuel until the vehicle returns to the main garage at night.

How Hyundai’s fuel cell works (caution: blonde joke follows)

A hydrogen fuel cell works by converting hydrogen to electricity inside the cell, where an anode and cathode are separated by a membrane. At the anode the hydrogen is split into electrons and protons (hydrogen ions). The polymer membrane only allows protons to pass, while the electrons flow through a battery to the electric motor. At the cathode, the hydrogen electrons and protons are reunited and combine with oxygen (outside air) to form water (H2O).

We hear Hyundai may also market a model that converts the components into H2O2, or hydrogen peroxide, for Swedish motorists who are not naturally blonde and wish to fit in. Stay tuned.

The hydrogen is stored in a pair of heavily armored tanks that combine for a capacity of 12.4 pounds (5.6kg) of heavily compressed hydrogen, which is a lot considering hydrogen in its natural, uncompressed state is lighter than air. Locomotion for the ix35 Fuel Cell comes from a 136hp (100kW) electric motor that tops out at 100 mph (160 kph). The energy is buffered by a 24kW lithium-ion polymer battery developed by LG Chemical and Hyundai.

Want one of your own? Today, they’d cost in “the upper $100,000s per car,” Frank Ahrens, a Hyundai spokesman, told US News & World Report. By the time Hyundai shifts from fleet sales to individual buyers, around 2015, the price might fall to $50,000.

The cost of being green

While the only emission from the vehicle is water vapor, there are concerns about how hydrogen gets to be hydrogen in the tank. Right now, a common conversion process takes natural gas, applies energy, and leaves behind a carbon footprint worse than any environmentalist would hope for. You could fare better in the short run just going with a natural gas vehicle such as the Honda Civic Natural Gas. Researchers are working on extracting hydrogen from other sources, whether sea water or the sludge in a waste treatment plant. (See: The fuel cell that turns poop into power.)

This is the third generation hydrogen vehicle from Hyundai/Kia since 1999. Another hydrogen backer is BMW, which showed a series of hydrogen-powered BMW 7 Series vehicles as limited production prototypes. BMW used liquified hydrogen, which requires different equipment at a hydrogen refueling station. While the effort to liquefy is greater, there’s more energy stored in a smaller package (that still takes up more than a third of the big sedan’s trunk). Liquid hydrogen also boils away over a couple weeks if it’s just garaged. But BMW burns the hydrogen in an engine that also burns gasoline, so just like a plug-in hybrid that doesn’t strand you when the battery charge runs down, this one is suitable as a long-distance tourer.

Safer than you think

The Hyundai production start-up preceded by just a couple weeks the (possibly) final word on what brought down the Hindenburg in 1937: a jolt of static electricity when the tethering lines grounded themselves to the earth in Lakehurst, NJ. Despite the jokes, a hydrogen-powered vehicle may be safer than a gas-engine car. The fuel is in incredibly well-armored tanks. If they overheat, the hydrogen is vented directly to the atmosphere and shoots up, while gasoline pools on the ground.

 

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Ballard Power Systems Announces $60-100M Contract with Volkswagon

March 06, 2013
Ballard Power Systems Announces $60-100M Contract with Volkswagon



VANCOUVER, CANADA– Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) has announced signing of an agreement with Volkswagen Group (www.volkswagenag.com) for a major Engineering Services contract to advance development of fuel cells for use in powering demonstration cars in Volkswagen’s fuel cell automotive research program. The contract term is for 4-years, with an option for a 2-year extension. The expected contract value is in the range of C$60-100 million.

Dr. Juergen Leohold, Head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG said, “This research agreement with Ballard demonstrates our commitment to the development of clean energy fuel cell transportation alternatives. I anticipate accelerating our automotive fuel cell program as a result of this collaborative effort, which will bring together additional fuel cell skills and expertise in both organizations.”

Work will involve the design and manufacture of a next-generation fuel cell for use in Volkswagen HyMotion demonstration cars. Ballard engineers will lead critical areas of fuel cell product design – including the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), plate and stack components – along with testing and integration work.

“The announcement of this research agreement with Volkswagen Group, a recognized global leader, is a major step for Ballard both strategically and financially,” said John Sheridan, Ballard President and CEO. “It represents a tremendous ramp-up in our Engineering Services business following the recent expiration of the five year automotive non-compete  agreement. Ballard’s focus with Volkswagen in this new automotive fuel cell research program will parallel our continuing work in commercial fuel cell markets for backup power and material handling — enhancing product durability and performance while radically reducing product costs.”

Over the past several years, Ballard has made significant advances in its commercial fuel cell products, with average product cost reductions of 60% and increases in product durability. Sales of Ballard’s clean energy fuel cell products have also been accelerating, with a 30% cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) in revenue since 2010.

Additional details regarding the agreement between Ballard and Volkswagen will be filed by Ballard in a Material Change Report which will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver  incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning revenues, product development activities, anticipated product improvements and cost reductions. These forward-looking
statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand.

These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation.

Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

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Western Hydrogen Ltd. Obtains Federal Funding for New Hydrogen Production Technology; Company Predicts Benefits for Oil Sands Producers

February 15, 2013
Western Hydrogen Ltd. Obtains Federal Funding for New Hydrogen Production Technology; Company Predicts Benefits for Oil Sands Producers

CALGARY, ALBERTA – (Feb. 15, 2013) – Western Hydrogen Limited announced today that it will receive $1.45 million in federal funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

This funding, which is Western Hydrogen’s second grant from SDTC, will help the company continue piloting an innovative hydrogen production technology that is expected to have significant economic and environmental advantages over current hydrogen manufacturing.

“Our Government is doing its part to encourage innovation and the next wave of clean technologies to help protect our environment and create high-quality jobs,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Investment in projects such as these demonstrates our leadership in driving a vibrant clean technology industry in Canada.”

By commercializing the “Molten Salt Gasification” (MSG) process, Western Hydrogen believes it can create significant benefits for hydrogen users – especially those in the hydrogen-intensive oil sands business.

A major advantage of the Molten Salt Gasification technology is the ability to produce hydrogen from water and a variety of carbon feedstocks such as petroleum coke, asphaltenes, natural gas or even renewables like algae or glycerol. Conventional hydrogen production technologies require the injection of air (which creates NOx emissions) or oxygen (which requires expensive air
separation equipment). The result of using MSG is a simpler process that emits fewer emissions relative to conventional hydrogen production technologies.

A second significant advantage is that the system produces a high-pressure stream of hydrogen that is easier to purify and use in other processes such as oil sands upgrading. Carbon dioxide is also produced at high pressure, which makes it easier to capture for sequestration.

“Coming from an oil sands background, I saw the potential of this technology right away,” says Neil Camarta, president and chief executive officer of Western Hydrogen. “Producing hydrogen is one of the most expensive and carbonintensive parts of the oil sands business. If we can produce it more cheaply and cleanly – we’ll have a real winner.”

“Coming from a cleantech background, we also immediately saw the potential of this technology,” said Dr. Vicky Sharpe, president and chief executive officer of SDTC. “MSG technology could significantly reduce the energy use in the oil sands processes, and reduce emissions. Innovation like this exemplifies how Canadian entrepreneurs will help address environmental concerns through
market mechanisms.”

Western Hydrogen has constructed and is commissioning a pilot plant near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to test the MSG process. Three phases are anticipated – each testing a different feedstock: asphaltenes, natural gas and a biomass such as glycerol. This pilot testing will build on six years of laboratory testing to date.

Looking further ahead, the potential applications for MSG technology go far beyond Alberta. Countries such as Germany, Japan, Korea and the USA are currently developing low carbon “hydrogen economies” reliant on rapidly advancing fuel cell technologies. The potential for carbon-neutral hydrogen produced from the MSG process could play an important role in making the switch to a low-carbon energy future.

“The big dream here is to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy with
hydrogen made from renewable feedstocks,” says Camarta. “That’s the holy grail
we’re chasing.”

About Western Hydrogen Limited
Western Hydrogen Limited is a privately owned company, formed in 2006. The company has exclusive rights to pilot and commercialize Molten Salt Gasification (MSG) technology, which was developed and patented by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory.

Western Hydrogen has received expressions of interest from major players in Alberta’s oil sands, and is also marketing MSG technology to potential overseas clients who are examining its possibilities to fuel their growing “hydrogen economies”.

About SDTC
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) helps commercialize Canadian clean technologies, readying them for growth and export markets. With a portfolio of companies under management valued at more than $2 billion, SDTC is demonstrating that cleantech is a driver of jobs, productivity and economic prosperity.

SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $590 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation
renewable fuels.

SDTC works with the private sector, the financial sector and all levels of government to meet the Government of Canada’s commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation. www.sdtc.ca

For more information, please contact:
+1 403 802 3605
info@westernhydrogen.com
www.westernhydrogen.com

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Quantum Enters Into Partnership Agreement with Linde to Supply Hydrogen Systems

January 30, 2013
Quantum Enters Into Partnership Agreement with Linde to Supply Hydrogen Systems

Quantum receives Initial Purchase Order as Part of the Three-Year Partnership Agreement Covering Supply and Commissioning of Compressed Hydrogen Refueling Dispensers

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTWW), a leader in natural gas, alternative fuel systems and clean propulsion vehicle technologies, today announced that it has received a purchase order from Linde LLC, an affiliate of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company, for gaseous hydrogen refueling systems, as the first order under the three-year partnership agreement.

"We are excited about the partnership with Linde and pleased to supply state-of-the-art, high quality systems in support of Linde's roll-out of compressed hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the USA, said Brian Olson, President and CEO of Quantum. "Quantum has been in the forefront of supplying industry-leading, high capacity, ultra-lightweight gaseous fuel storage and refueling systems to global automakers, and we are pleased to bring our technology and experience to one of the largest hydrogen suppliers in the world."

Steve Eckhardt, Linde's head of Business Development – Alternative Energy said, "Linde's partnership agreement with Quantum leverages our industry-leading high performance hydrogen compression technology and helps Linde meet its commitment to bring safe, reliable and fast-fueling hydrogen stations to the consumers of fuel cell vehicles. Linde is spending millions of dollars on California-based companies in the deployment of hydrogen fueling stations and this expands that investment in the State via the design and build of a critical component of the station, the hydrogen fueling dispenser. The Linde-Quantum partnership agreement will create jobs and expand technology development in California."

The hydrogen systems will be specially designed, built and commissioned in support of Linde's USA-based hydrogen refueling station projects. The systems will support refueling at both 5,000 and 10,000 psi (35 and 70 MPa) service pressures, and will come integrated with a remote gas management system, authentication and point of sale systems. Quantum holds multiple patents related to hydrogen fueling systems, and has designed and built 13 systems for General Motors, Shell Oil, the US Army, AeroVironment/NASA and others in support of hydrogen fuel cell programs.


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