Hydrogenics Corporation

Hydrogenics Corporation

August 07, 2008 07:01 ET

Hydrogenics to Supply Electrolyzer to Powertech Labs for Remote Community Hydrogen Energy System

Hydrogen used as energy storage for renewable resources

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) - Hydrogenics Corporation (TSX:HYG)(NASDAQ:HYGS), a leading designer and manufacturer of hydrogen electrolyzers and fuel cell systems, has been selected by Powertech Labs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BC Hydro, to provide an electrolyzer for a community hydro-hydrogen-diesel system serving the community of Bella Coola, British Columbia. By adding zero-emission hydrogen generation, storage and power generation, the Bella Coola project expects an increase in the proportion of electricity derived from their run-of-the-river hydro-electric power generation system. This increased penetration of renewable resources will lead to a decreased dependence on diesel fuel. Hydrogenics anticipates it will deliver its commercially proven HySTAT™ onsite generation electrolyzer to Powertech Labs within nine months.

Like many communities around the globe, Bella Coola is isolated from the main electrical grid. It is dependent on its run-of-the-river hydro-electric station to generate electric power for the community. Harnessing the power of available renewable resources is an ideal approach for communities like Bella Coola, however, power generation is limited by the river's inherent fluctuation. During periods of low river flow, the community is dependent on diesel generators to provide power. Introducing hydrogen technologies allows energy to be stored and redeployed to supply a greater percentage of the community's power requirements. Reducing the dependence on diesel fuel, reduces costs, while providing a clean environmentally friendly power system. Funding for the project comes from BC Hydro, Sustainable Technology Development Canada, and GE Canada.

"Hydrogen provides an ideal energy storage solution," said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics. "We believe that hydrogen will play a critical role in capturing the power of renewable resources and creating viable energy systems that are cost effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly," says Wilson. Batteries are often used to store excess energy; however, batteries incur significant energy loss over time and are relatively expensive options for large scale energy storage. By comparison, stored hydrogen does not dissipate energy over time and the cost of storage is relatively low. "Hydrogen storage is highly scalable and ideal for storing large amounts of energy for long periods of time," Wilson added. This is particularly significant at Bella Coola where the intermittency of the run-of-the-river system will require long-term storage, where hydrogen significantly outperforms batteries. In addition, hydrogen is multi-use and can be used to fuel vehicles and other industrial equipment.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics Corporation (www.hydrogenics.com) is a globally recognized developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has operations in North America, Europe and Asia.


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