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Consortium Led by Air Products: First UK Integrated Hydrogen Transport System to Launch in London and South East

January 30, 2013
Consortium Led by Air Products: First UK Integrated Hydrogen Transport System to Launch in London and South East

Consortium led by Air Products announces plan to expand embryonic hydrogen refueling network

A consortium led by Air Products and backed by the Technology Strategy Board has today announced the launch of a three-year programme to expand the fledgling hydrogen refuelling network currently centred on London.

Air Products, which specialises in the development of gas technologies, confirmed it is to work with Cenex, Commercial Group, Element Energy, Heathrow Airport Ltd and Revolve Technologies Ltd on the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE).

The project will see Air Products build a new hydrogen fuelling station at an undisclosed location, at the same time as upgrading the existing hydrogen station at Heathrow Airport and improving access to the dual pressure fuelling station at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, and the Transport for London station in Stratford.

Crucially, each of the stations will make use of fast-fill 700 bar fuelling technology, which has been designated as the standard refuelling requirement by auto manufacturers preparing to launch new hydrogen vehicles from next year.

The consortium will also roll out a small fleet of Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and Revolve hydrogen powered vans, which will be trialled by business services and office supplies company Commercial Group as part of its delivery network.

But Diana Raine, Air Products European business manager for hydrogen energy, predicted the initiative would provide a valuable template for future hydrogen network investments.

"The LHNE project will bring together all the components necessary to make hydrogen transport possible across London and the South East as we prepare for the arrival in the UK of commercially available hydrogen vehicles," she said in a statement. "We hope that this project will act as an exciting demonstration model to be replicated across the UK and Europe in years to come."

The announcement follows news earlier this week that Ford, Nissan and Daimler have teamed up to work on a project to deliver "affordable" hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, potentially as early as 2017.

It also comes on the same day as fuel cell developer AFC Energy announced it has inked a new research partnership with the engineering department at Lancaster University that will see the university undertake research and testing into how alkaline fuel cells operate using an array of different hydrogen feed-stocks.

In addition, the company announced that it has expanded its research facilities in Surrey as it continues to work on extending the longevity and effectiveness of its electrodes.

"It is imperative that AFC Energy continues to develop its core technology and maintains its first-mover advantage," said technical director Dr Gene Lewis a statement. "Given that each electrode is now likely to spend longer on test we needed to add further capability into the laboratory by expanding and improving our testing facilities."

Supporters of hydrogen technologies maintain that the zero emission fuel cells have the potential to slash both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, while avoiding some of the refuelling challenges faced by electric vehicles.

However, to date adoption of the technology has been hampered by the high price of fuel cell vehicles and an absence of supporting infrastructure, while environmentalists have warned hydrogen can only maximise its emission reductions if the gas is manufactured using renewable power.

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Ford, Daimler and Nissan Form Hydrogen Fuel Cell Alliance

January 29, 2013
Ford, Daimler and Nissan Form Hydrogen Fuel Cell Alliance

Ford, Daimler and Nissan have entered into a unique three-way alliance that will see the three leading global automakers collaborate on a common hydrogen fuel cell system to power their future zero-emission vehicles.

The joint venture that spans three continents is intended to lead to the launch of the world’s first affordable, mass-market hydrogen-powered vehicles within five years and help define global specifications and component standards.

 

Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz), Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Company will invest equally towards the project, reducing costs associated with engineering the technology by maximising design commonality and deriving efficiencies through economies of scale.

In a joint statement, the trio said the alliance sends a clear signal to suppliers, policy makers and the automotive industry to encourage further development of hydrogen refuelling stations and other infrastructure necessary to allow the technology to be mass-marketed.

Ford, Daimler and Nissan have already logged more than 10 million kilometres of testing in fuel cell vehicles independently and bring together more than 60 years of cumulative experience.

Daimler Group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development chief Thomas Weber said the collaboration would speed up the introduction of hydrogen technology across the globe.

“We are convinced that fuel cell vehicles will play a central role for zero-emission mobility in the future,” Weber said.

“Thanks to the high commitment of all three partners we can put fuel cell e-mobility on a broader basis.”

Nissan executive vice president Mitsuhiko Yamashita described fuel cell vehicles as the “obvious next step” to complement today’s battery-powered electric vehicles.

Fuel cell vehicles generate electricity in an on-board fuel cell stack in an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen – stored in a high-pressure tank in the car – and oxygen from the air. Driving range is comparable to that of petrol-powered vehicles, while the only by-products are water vapour and heat.

The announcement follows the confirmation of a similar joint venture between BMW Group and ToyotaMotor Corporation to co-develop a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system for use in their next-generation vehicles.

 

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Toyota and BMW Confirm Details of Sports Car, Hydrogen Partnership

January 29, 2013
Toyota and BMW Confirm Details of Sports Car, Hydrogen Partnership

Toyota and BMW have revealed more details of the partnership that will see the two global automotive giants collaborate on a pair of new sports cars and technology for a range of next-generation hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.

Having signed a memorandum of understanding in July, BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have now signed binding agreements aimed at a long-term collaboration between the two companies.

The first task for the Euro-Japanese partnership is the development of a feasibility study defining a joint platform concept for a mid-size sports car, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of this year.

Toyota’s version will sit above the 86 coupe in its line-up, potentially resurrecting the Supra badge, although there is less clarity about the positioning of BMW’s version. The companies have revealed little about the sports cars other than that they will “combine each other’s technology at a high level to maximise customer satisfaction”.

BMW and Toyota’s efforts on hydrogen technology will extend to the development and construction of a fuel cell stack and system, as well as a hydrogen tank, electric motor and battery, with the duo targeting completion by 2020.

The partnership will also focus on the development of lightweight components such as reinforced composites for use in vehicles bodies, as well as a research program into the development of lithium-air batteries, which will have energy density greatly exceeding that of current lithium-ion batteries.

BMW Group chairman Norbert Reithofer described the collaboration as an “important building block in keeping both companies on a successful course in the future”.

“TMC and the BMW Group share the same strategic vision of future sustainable mobility,” Reithofer said.

“In light of the technological changes ahead, the entire automotive industry faces tremendous challenges, which we also regard as an opportunity.”

TMC president Akio Toyoda said the two companies were committed to working hard together to produce even better cars in the future.

“It is just over a year since we signed our collaborative MoU, and with each day as our relationship strengthens, we feel acutely that we are making steadfast progress,” Toyoda said.

“Now, we are entering the phase that promises the fruit.”

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Toyota gets government funding to build hybrid car in Canada

January 24, 2013
Toyota gets government funding to build hybrid car in Canada

The federal and Ontario governments are making repayable contributions of as much as $34 million to Toyota Motor Manufacturing to build a hybrid car in Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday at the Toyota plant in Cambridge, Ont.,that the federal money would come from the Automotive Innovation Fund.

The government defines a repayable contribution as a loan where the recipient is expected to repay all or part of the amount or where the government expects to receive a financial return.

Harper said the government is proud to partner with Toyota.

"The rebound of Canada's auto sector is one of this country's biggest economic success stories of the past five years," Harper said.

"We are here because our government is committed to creating high-quality, well-paying jobs for hard-working Canadians."

Outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty said Ontario's portion will come from its Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund.

Toyota will put $125 million toward the new assembly line to increase production of Lexus luxury cars, including a new sport utility model with a hybrid gasoline-electric engine, which it expects to begin producing next year.

"Besides being the first hybrid vehicle assembled in Canada, the RX 450 hybrid has been, up until now, only, and I want to emphasize that, only, built in Japan," Harper said.

"But that's changing. In a short time, that fuel-efficient vehicle will be assembled right here."

While the Toyotas will be the first modern hybrid cars produced in Canada, car buffs noted Wednesday that the first gas-electric automobile in Canada was made by the Galt Motor Company in Galt, Ont., (now Cambridge, Ont.) in 1914.

Boosting Canadian auto production

Toyota announced last year that it would hire about 400 employees as part of a plan to increase Lexus RX production by 30,000 vehicles to 104,000, including 15,000 RX450h sport-utilities.

The expansion will increase Toyota's annual production capacity in Canada to 500,000 vehicles.

Earlier this month, Harper announced the renewal of a fund to stimulate research and innovation in Canada's automotive industry.

The fund was established in 2008 as part of efforts to help Canada's struggling automotive industry early in the last recession.

The fund required manufacturers to put up some of their own money before applying for funding targeted at specific research and development projects. The subsidy program was touted as an incentive to automakers to keep their Canadian plants open and protect domestic jobs.

The Jan. 4 announcement committed another $250 million to the fund over five more years.

Under the original fund, the federal government made loans to four companies, with Toyota eligible for up to $70.8 million for developing more fuel-efficient vehicles, including electric vehicles.

Today's contribution is the fifth one from the federal Automotive Innovation Fund.

Previously, Ottawa provided $80 million toward an investment of as much as $730 million by Ford to establish an engine assembly plant and powertrain research centre in Windsor, $54.8 million to Linamar Corporation to develop new parts, $70.8 million to Toyota to permit the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles, and $21.7 million Magna to develop energy-efficient auto parts.

 

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Ballard: Orders for Fuel Cell Backup Power Systems in the Telecom Sector on the Rise

January 16, 2013
Ballard: Orders for Fuel Cell Backup Power Systems in the Telecom Sector on the Rise

Ballard Power Systems is seeing positive indicators of momentum in the fuel cell backup power market as new and repeat orders from telecom network operators grow. In December 2012 and to date in January 2013 orders for more than 400 ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems have been received from distribution partners that deliver systems for deployment in African and Asian telecom networks.

These orders represent growing traction for Ballard's ElectraGen™ family of fuel cell backup power systems, both direct hydrogen- and methanol-fuelled, driven by the recognition of inherent value offered at an attractive lifecycle cost.

Ballard's ElectraGen™-ME methanol-fuelled systems are particularly well suited for extended duration runtime backup power requirements. These systems are designed for high reliability, long life as well as minimal ongoing maintenance and represent a majority of the systems ordered since Ballard acquired key assets (including the methanol-fuelled product) from IdaTech in a deal that closed last August. Read more here.

ElectraGen™-ME systems include a fuel reformer that converts HydroPlus™ fuel (a methanol-water liquid fuel mixture) into hydrogen gas to power the fuel cell system.

During the recent difficult circumstances presented by Hurricane Sandy, 17 Ballard ElectraGen™-ME methanol fuel cell systems were put to the test in extreme conditions. These systems performed exactly as designed, providing critical electricity to the Bahamas mobile telephone network when the storm downed power lines and cut off grid power. In the 3 days that Hurricane Sandy passed over the Bahamas, each of the 5 kilowatt systems operated flawlessly to maintain consistent power. Read the full case study here.

To date, more than 2,000 Ballard backup power systems have been shipped for deployment in telecom networks around the globe.

SOURCE: BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS MARKET UPDATE

Photo top: Ballard ElectraGen™-ME system

Photo on home page: Robert Stern/Flickr

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UBC and Fraunhofer Society enter $4.9 Million Clean Energy Partnership

January 16, 2013
UBC and Fraunhofer Society enter $4.9 Million Clean Energy Partnership

A $4.9-million research partnership between the University of British Columbia and Germany’s Fraunhofer Society– Europe’s largest applied research institution – will advance clean energy research in five critical areas, from wind energy to zero emission vehicles.

The international partnership builds upon the memorandum of understanding signed by UBC President Steven Toope during a trip by Canada’s top 15 universities to Germany in March. The three-year agreement will support collaboration on biomass-to-energy conversion, fuel-cell and hydrogen technologies, wind-turbine manufacturing, electrolysis and industrial aspects of solar-cell technology.

“This partnership will allow both institutions to accelerate solutions for sustainability challenges facing the world,” said Prof. John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research & International. “The partnership is also a key component of UBC’s International strategy to actively link with other global leaders to further knowledge discovery, development and demonstration that will benefit current and future generations.”

UBC is the first Canadian partner chosen for Fraunhofer’s ICON program. While Fraunhofer research is typically funded by industry, under the ICON program the German institution will contribute $3.26 million to the project, with UBC providing the remainder in the form of basic and applied research.

UBC’s principal investigator on the project is Prof. Walter Mérida, associate director at UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre, leading a team of four senior engineering professors: John Grace (solar), David Wilkinson (electrolysis), Tony Bi (biomass) and Yusuf Altintas (wind).

Learn more about sustainability at UBC at www.sustain.ubc.ca.

Backgrounder:

Fraunhofer has more than 60 institutes and 21,000 employees across Germany, with extensive expertise in commercialization, industry partnerships and applied research.

The partnership builds on the strengths of UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centreand UBC’s Campus as a Living Laboratory initiative, where researchers, students, operational staff and partners develop and demonstrate, at a city scale, sustainable solutions to the operational needs of communities.

Today’s agreement follows UBC’s recent partnership with the Max Planck Society, another major German research organization.

Quotes:

“With UBC we have found an excellent international partner for energy research,” says Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “Sources of energy in the 21st century change, and this brings up many questions we have to solve.”

“This alliance will strengthen and expand the leading position of the UBC and Fraunhofer in this market,” says Dr. Christopher Hebling, head of the Energy Technology division at the Fraunhofer ISE. “Both partners do not only provide excellent research in this field, but also stand out due to their common strategy for cooperation with the industry.”

 

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A Low Carbon Energy Future: is Molten Salt Gasification the Answer?

January 03, 2013
A Low Carbon Energy Future: is Molten Salt Gasification the Answer?

Say hello to Molten Salt Gasification (MSG), one of the innovative hydrogen producing technologies that will play an important role for future economic and environmental advantages. MSG is noted as a potential industry leading technology that may overcome today's challenge in meeting the demand for hydrogen energy.

Molten Salt technology has been used in previous years for multiple purposes, such as heat transfer in solar power towers, cleansing metals of impurities, titanium and other non-ferrous metal production, and as an electrolyte in various fuel cells. However, only recently has it become apparent that molten salt technology will play a very important role in the hydrogen economy. When Molten Salts are heated above their melting point, they begin to act as a catalyst and decompose other organic molecules such as those from carbon based gases, and convert them into pure Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen gases by the use of water.


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


Western Hydrogen, a Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) member, is constructing a pilot plant near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and expects to begin testing the MSG process early in 2013.  The testing process will be comprised of three phases each testing a different feedstock: asphalt, natural gas, and a biomass such as glycerol or algae with an ultimate end goal to be commercially ready by 2015 producing 200,000 cubic feet of hydrogen a day.


MSG is expected to have significant economical and environmental advantages over conventional hydrogen manufacturing.

 

The Environmental Advantage of MSG:

Unlike many hydrogen producing technologies, MSG does not require the addition of air or oxygen, rather it acquires H2 from water which is inputted into the reactor along with  feedstocks such as petroleum coke, asphaltenes, natural gas, or renewable feedstocks such as; algae or glycerol.

Molten Salt Gasification has been rendered easier to purify and use then other hydrogen producing technologies as it produces a high-pressure stream of H2 without the need of excessive compression.

Neil Camarta, President  of Western Hydrogen says:  " The big dream [at Western Hydrogen] is to help meet the world's growing demand for energy with hydrogen-  the ultimate zero-carbon fuel made from renewable feedstocks."


The Economical Advantage of MSG:

One key benefit of Molten Salt Gasification is the production of two pure gasses that can be captured, sold, and used for two different industry applications.

As countries such as Canada and Germany are currently undergoing low carbon initiatives from recent government policies, the Molten Salt Gasification process along with the use of a renewable feed stock to produce Carbon and Hydrogen may significantly change the speed at which these countries begin to see a switch to a low carbon energy future.

For the latest updates on MSG technology be sure to visit Western Hydrogen's website at www.westernhydrogen.com


Roxanne Le-Goff

Marketing and Communications

Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

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Anglo American Platinum Ltd. "undermines" climate change with fuel cell technology

November 26, 2012
Anglo American Platinum Ltd.

Demonstrating its commitment to the mitigation of climate change and sustainable mining, Anglo American Platinum Limited (Anglo American Platinum) today launched a platinum-based fuel cell powered mine locomotive prototype. This industry leading project was delivered in collaboration with Vehicle Projects, Trident South Africa, and Battery Electric, and will see this partnership construct five fuel cell locomotives which will be tested for underground use at one of Anglo American Platinum™s mines.

As part of Anglo American Platinum™s commitment to the development of fuel cells, in 2011 the company identified uses for fuel cells in its own operations. Mining locomotives were identified as an ideal opportunity. Partners were identified through a global search to pioneer this development. Current original equipment manufacturers were integrated with the fuel cell developers to ensure seamless system integration.

Anglo American Platinum, with its partners, aims to demonstrate the superior energy efficiency and productivity of fuel-cell powered locomotives. The new technology is also believed to offer environmentally friendly and safer means of underground transportation.

Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive and Chairperson of Anglo American Platinum Limited, commented: This event marks a leap forward for fuel cells. The platinum-based hydrogen fuel cells, used to power the locomotive we are unveiling today, offer one of the most exciting opportunities for South Africa in the green economy. At Anglo American, we believe that with platinum at its heart, a South African fuel cell industry would support the country™s drive for jobs and help to meet its energy challenges, Carroll said.

Hydrogen powered fuel cell locomotives are more economical and environmentally friendly than traditional rail transport, powered by a clean and more secure energy source. A fuel cell is essentially a gas battery that produces electricity as long as it is fed with hydrogen gas. The fuel cells provide availablity 24-7 and there is no need to change or recharge the battery it replaces, which means less downtime and increased productivity.

Neville Nicolau, Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American Platinum, commented:These innovative locomotives will provide us with an opportunity to mine platinum in a more economic, energy-secure, and environmentally-benign manner. The locomotives will not require any electricity from the grid to function and will not emit noxious gases.

Anglo American Platinum is collaborating with the South African government and technology partners to further explore prospects of fuel cells as an integral part of the energy sources that contribute to reduced carbon footprint. By establishing the Platinum Group Metals Development Fund (PGMDF), Anglo American Platinum is working towards expanding industrialisation and beneficiation of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). The fund partners with innovators and entrepreneurs in PGM technologies and has identified opportunities in fuel cell technology.

Fuel cell technology is seen as a strategic and emerging industry that is aligned with the vision and purpose of both the PGMDF as well as that of the Department of Science and Technology. Anglo American Platinum, the Departments of Mineral Resources and Science and Technology are working together to encourage and support greater local beneficiation of platinum. The partnership with government seeks to understand and highlight the key levers to the development of the fuel cell industry as well as develop the roadmap for successful implementation. This collaborative work is intended to enable the development of a local fuel cell manufacturing, distribution, marketing and servicing industry which will be globally competitive.

We know that the challenges we face around climate change cannot be tackled in isolation and partnership is critical in order to create practical, long-term solutions. We are confident that we have developed a viable technology as a result of our collaboration with Vehicle Projects, Trident South Africa, and Battery Electric and are excited to share the results with our stakeholders added Nicolau.

Surface testing of the fuel cell powered locomotive is planned to take place at the mine during the third quarter. After the initial testing period the fuel cell powered locomotives will be integrated as part of a mining operation.

Notes to Editors:

For further information, please contact:

Mpumi Sithole, Media & External Relations Manager
Tel: +27 (0)11 373 6246


www.angloamericanplatinum.com

Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE). Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe and is actively exploring in Brazil. Anglo American Platinum has a number of joint ventures with several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make meaningful and sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations.

Project Partners

- Vehicle Projects, the prime contractor executing engineering design, fabrication, and testing of the fuel cell power plant and reversible metal hydride storage system. VP’s hybrid fuel cell power plant employs Ballard proton-exchange membrane stacks and K2 Energy lithium-ion batteries - www.vehicleprojects.com

- Trident South Africa (Pty) Ltd is providing the surface test track facility for the fuel cell locomotive integrated into a Trident 10-ton New Era locomotive – www.tridentsa.co.za

- Battery Electric (Pty) Ltd is providing project integration support for the electronics - www.batteryelectric.co.za

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Converted Material Handling Units Running on Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cells

October 08, 2012
Converted Material Handling Units Running on Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cells

Moving with the speed and precision of the actual vehicle being manufactured there, in a time period of less than six weeks, Air Products (NYSE: APD) put in place its industry-leading hydrogen fueling technology and infrastructure to successfully convert a significant portion of a lift truck fleet at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 72 converted lifts, now hydrogen-powered fuel cell material handling units, began daily operations moving Mercedes vehicle parts for assembly when employees returned to the manufacturing facility from an annual week-long summer shutdown.

“It was important to our customer to have the hydrogen fueling and infrastructure all in place so they could ramp-up immediately upon return to work from their annual break. This was a tall order to complete in six weeks from the signing of the contract, but with safety being the absolute first priority, we had the market experience to successfully make this happen for Mercedes,” said Sarah Hammond, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. The leader in providing hydrogen fueling and the related infrastructure to the material handling market, Air Products is now safely fueling over 1,000 pieces of material handling equipment on a daily basis in the U.S.

Air Products’ equipment and infrastructure at Tuscaloosa includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage and compression system, along with piping to multiple indoor fueling dispensers. Mercedes Tuscaloosa plant was founded in 1995 and started production in 1997. Further information from Mercedes-Benz is at: www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com. The Mercedes material handling units being fueled by Air Products include Plug Power’s (NASDAQ: PLUG) GenDrive® hydrogen fuel cell power units. The GenDrive systems can be quickly refueled in just minutes, completely eliminating the need to change, store, charge and maintain multiple lead acid batteries for each lift.

“Our project execution has always been a strength and our technology has been a consistent performer and very reliable. We have multiple product offerings that can be expanded with the customer life cycle. These are available for customers interested in material handling fleet conversions and, in fact, we provided our mobile fueling technology to Mercedes for initial fuelings prior to placing the permanent equipment onstream,” said John O’Bryan, project manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. Details on Air Products’ hydrogen fueling station technologies and projects are at www.airproducts.com/h2energy.  

There are many advantages to using hydrogen-powered forklifts and material handling equipment. Hydrogen-powered equipment only needs refueling once or twice daily, depending on use, and does not require change-out downtime while traditional battery-powered equipment is taken out of operation for battery replacement or recharging approximately every four to six hours. Hydrogen-powered equipment provides consistent power strength during use and does not experience decreased performance or wear down as battery units do when nearing change-out or recharge time. Additionally, unlike battery-powered forklifts, hydrogen-powered fuel cells are not adversely impacted by temperature when operating in coolers, freezers or arid warehouse conditions. Further, hydrogen-powered equipment is more environmentally friendly and does not involve lead-acid battery storage or disposal issues.

Air Products, the leading global supplier of hydrogen to refineries to assist in producing cleaner burning transportation fuels, has vast experience in the hydrogen fueling industry. In fact, several sites today for certain hydrogen fueling applications are fueling at rates of over 75,000 refills per year. Use of the company’s fueling technology is increasing and is over 500,000 hydrogen fills per year. The company has been involved in over 150 hydrogen fueling projects in the United States and 19 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fueled with trend-setting Air Products’ technologies.

Air Products has more than 50 years of hydrogen experience and an extensive patent portfolio with over 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology. Air Products provides liquid and gaseous hydrogen and a variety of enabling devices and protocols for fuel dispensing at varied pressures. Hydrogen for these stations can be delivered to a site via truck or pipeline, produced by natural gas reformation, biomass conversion, or by electrolysis, including electrolysis that is solar and wind driven.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

About Plug Power
The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power revolutionized the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power’s key accounts, including Walmart, Sysco, P&G and Mercedes. With more than 2,800 GenDrive units deployed to material handling customers, accumulating over 8 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow’s incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.

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