Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Ballard Power Systems Inc.
Plug Power Inc.

Plug Power Inc.

January 12, 2006 08:30 ET

Plug Power and Ballard Power Systems Awarded $2M Program to Develop Advanced PEM Fuel Cell System

LATHAM, NEW YORK and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 12, 2006) - Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable on-site energy, and Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD)(NASDAQ:BLDP), a leading developer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, today announced they have been awarded a $2M program by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an advanced prototype PEM fuel cell system to support Defense Continuity of Operations (COOP).

Under this program, Plug Power and Ballard will jointly develop a next-generation prototype PEM fuel cell power solution to be used in backup power applications. Plug Power will act as the systems integrator, using a Ballard® fuel cell stack for evaluation and potential use in COOP programs for the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

"The collaboration with Ballard Power Systems supported by the Department of Defense combines key strengths from both our companies," said Dr. Roger Saillant, President and CEO of Plug Power. "This project affirms Plug Power's commitment to leverage partnerships and explore all avenues in developing the best fuel cell solutions for its customers."

The project represents the first phase of Plug Power-Ballard collaboration and, if successful, could lead to further development work towards a portable, highly durable, extended-run, zero emission prototype backup power solution for COOP satellite locations. Fuel cell power could help ensure that these locations remain operational, even when other power sources have failed.

"Collaboration among fuel cell developers, systems integrators and governments will accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell technology," said John Sheridan, Ballard's Chairman of the Board and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. "Supplying Plug Power with our fuel cell stack strongly supports our strategic decision to focus our efforts on fuel cell development, leaving the systems integration to others."

COOP planning refers to the internal efforts of an organization, such as a branch of government, department or office, to assure that the capability exists to continue essential operations at dispersed locations in the aftermath of any operational interruptions. Potential applications for fuel cell backup power could include running computers, telecommunications equipment and other small office systems.

Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie A. Stabenow (D-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and John D. Dingell (D-MI) from Michigan and Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) along with Congressmen John E. Sweeney (R-NY), Michael R. McNulty (D-NY), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and James T. Walsh (R-NY) from New York, were instrumental in supporting this collaborative project.

The funding for the joint development program is contained in the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

About Plug Power

Plug Power Inc. is an established leader in the deployment of clean, reliable, on-site energy products. More than 600 Plug Power fuel cell systems have been delivered to customers worldwide in commercial, public sector, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply markets. For more information about how you can join Plug Power's energy revolution as an investor, customer, supplier or strategic partner, please visit

About Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems is recognized as the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of zero emission proton exchange membrane fuel cells. With locations in Dearborn (Michigan), Lowell (Massachusetts), and Burnaby (British Columbia), Ballard is focused on making fuel cells a commercial reality. To learn more about what Ballard is doing with Power to Change the World®, visit

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