QuestAir Technologies Inc.
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QuestAir Technologies Inc.

April 03, 2006 09:00 ET

QuestAir and Hydro-Chem Sign Manufacturing License Agreement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2006) - QuestAir Technologies Inc. (TSX:QAR)(AIM:QAR) announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with Hydro-Chem, a leading global supplier of industrial hydrogen plants.

Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement, Hydro-Chem will manufacture QuestAir's H-3100 pressure swing adsorption ("PSA") systems under license, for incorporation in Hydro-Chem's industrial hydrogen plants sold to customers world-wide. QuestAir will receive a licensing fee for the supply of its proprietary rotary valves and process design. The agreement is the first of its kind signed by QuestAir allowing an established hydrogen plant fabricator to build PSA's based on QuestAir's rotary valve design. The initial term of the agreement is five years.

"We are extremely pleased that QuestAir's H-3100 hydrogen purifier will be included as a standard offer in Hydro-Chem's product line," said Jonathan Wilkinson, President and CEO of QuestAir. "Hydro-Chem is the leading supplier of hydrogen plants in the capacity range up to 5,000 normal cubic meters per hour ("NCMH"), having supplied over 140 plants around the world. This agreement significantly expands QuestAir's access to the global hydrogen plant market in this capacity range."

"Going forward, our relationship with Hydro-Chem will help establish QuestAir's PSA systems as an industry standard for hydrogen purification in industrial hydrogen plants sold to merchant industrial gas companies and on-site hydrogen end-users alike," Wilkinson said.

Dennis Norton, Hydro-Chem's president said, "We are very impressed with the compact design and operating capability of QuestAir's PSA technology. In addition to offering a significant size reduction, QuestAir's H-3100 delivers extremely competitive performance versus conventional PSA systems while offering the lowest cost of ownership in terms of initial purchase, installation and lifetime maintenance costs."

About QuestAir H-3100

QuestAir's H-3100 PSA product (formerly marketed under the HyQuestor® brand) purifies gas streams containing hydrogen to high-purity hydrogen for use in a range of industrial and petrochemical processes. QuestAir's PSA process and proprietary rotary valve technology deliver higher efficiency than conventional PSA systems in a more compact, cost-effective package. Since 1997, QuestAir has sold over 30 H-3100 plants to customers in Europe, Japan and North America.

About QuestAir Technologies Inc.

QuestAir Technologies Inc. is a developer and supplier of proprietary gas purification systems for several large international markets, including existing markets such as oil refining, biogas production and natural gas processing, and emerging markets such as fuel cell power plants and fuel cell vehicle refuelling stations. The Company has joint development agreements with Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company and Shell Hydrogen, and a collaboration with FuelCell Energy. QuestAir is based in Burnaby, British Columbia and its shares trade on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange Plc. and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "QAR".

About Hydro-Chem

Hydro-Chem specializes in the design, engineering and construction of modular hydrogen plants. Hydro-Chem has supplied over 140 hydrogen plants to key clients in the food, steel, glass and petrochemical industries since 1975.

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