October 20, 2009 10:58 ET

IdaTech's German Partner, b+w Electronic Systems, Supplies Fuel Cell Systems to United States Army

BEND, OR--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - IdaTech (AIM: IDA) is a global leader in the development and manufacture of clean and reliable extended run backup power fuel cell products for telecommunications applications. IdaTech's German OEM partner, b+w Electronic Systems, has successfully delivered 22 ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems to the United States Army in support of the Infrastructure Modernization (IMOD) program. The IMOD program supports the upgrade and modernization of enterprise enabled voice and data networks worldwide for the United States Army.

The first ten ElectraGen™ systems were successfully installed on 14 September 2009 in Grafenwoehr, Germany and the additional 12 systems have been scheduled for deployment to US military sites throughout Germany before the end of 2009.

Telecommunications networks, including military networks, require reliable backup power solutions which can operate for several hours or days when electricity is no longer available due to severe weather, natural disasters, or poor grid quality. IdaTech's ElectraGen™ fuel cell system was developed specifically to provide critical backup power to the telecom market when loss of grid occurs. ElectraGen™ products can be powered by hydrogen gas or by IdaTech's proprietary fuel reformer system which converts liquid fuel into high-purity hydrogen onsite as needed. The ElectraGen™ provides 24 or 48 VDC backup power for telecommunications applications and is a replacement for traditional solutions such as batteries and diesel generators, but with greater reliability and significantly reduced maintenance.

Commenting on the delivery, Hal Koyama, Chief Executive Officer of IdaTech, said: "This is an exciting milestone for IdaTech and demonstrates our growth in the German fuel cell market."

Dirk Weniger, Business Unit Manager at b+W Electronic Systems commented, "The 22 unit installation is the largest fuel cell install by b+W and confirms our commitment in fuel cell technology."

About IdaTech

IdaTech plc is an advanced fuel cell products company which is operationally headquartered in Bend, Oregon, USA and is listed on AIM with the ticker code IDA.

IdaTech designs, develops, and manufactures extended run backup power fuel cell products for Telecom applications requiring 100 W to 15 kW of backup power. IdaTech's unique PEM fuel cell technology provides solutions for a wide range of applications to directly support efforts towards sustainable energy.

IdaTech's portfolio of industry-certified fuel cell products are based on the company's fuel processing, purification and fuel cell system integration capabilities. With the support of strategic partners and customers, the company's extended run backup power products are being deployed worldwide for stationary applications.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the company direct or by visiting its website at

About b+w Electronic Systems

Founded in 1980 b+w Electronic Systems today is a well established partner of industrial enterprises, telecom network operators and public authorities. Thanks to continuous growth, the company employs more than 300 people in its headquarters in Oberhausen/Germany as well as in subsidiaries, project offices and investments throughout Germany, other European countries and the United States.

b+w Electronic Systems offers complete fulfillments for telecommunication and power supply solutions, industry automation, cable, battery and switchgear technology as well as professional mobile radio solutions.

For more information on b+w Electronic Systems' portfolio of products and services, please visit

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:

    IdaTech plc
    Harol Koyama
    Chief Executive Officer
    James Cooke
    Chief Financial Officer
    +1 541 322 1000

    Numis Securities Limited
    Michael Meade / Hugh Jonathon
    +44 (0) 20 7260 1000

    Buchanan Communications
    Charles Ryland / Catherine Breen
    +44 (0) 20 7466 5000