Ballard ships 250-kW stationary fuel cell power generator

VANCOUVER, B.C., April 26, 2001 — Ballard Power Systems announced today that its subsidiary Ballard Generation Systems (BGS) shipped its fifth 250-kilowatt stationary fuel cell power generator for field testing through its associated company EBARA BALLARD to EBARA Corporation for use at the Nishimachi Sewage Treatment Centre in Tomakomai, Japan.

“This will be the first use of waste gas from an anaerobic digestor as fuel in a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell system,” said Jim Kirsch, President of Ballard Generation Systems. “Anaerobic digestor gas (ADG) contains methane that will be processed using the reforming technology used in Ballard’s natural gas-fuelled 250-kilowatt field trial units.”

BGS is preparing an additional four 250-kilowatt units for shipment to customers’ field trial locations in 2001 and early 2002.

EBARA BALLARD is a jointly held company of EBARA Corporation of Japan and Ballard Generation Systems with a mandate to supply Ballard Generation Systems fuel cell power generators incorporating the BALLARD(r) fuel cell to customers in Japan.

EBARA Corporation is globally recognized as a major developer, manufacturer and distributor of fluid machinery and systems, precision machinery and environmental engineering systems and as a leader in zero-emission energy technology.

Ballard Generation Systems was formed to commercialize PEM fuel cell stationary power generators that use the BALLARD(r) fuel cell. In addition to Ballard Power Systems, its shareholders include GPU Inc. of New Jersey, ALSTOM France S.A., and EBARA Corporation of Japan.

Ballard Power Systems is recognized as the world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing zero-emission proton exchange membrane fuel cells for use in transportation, electricity generation and portable power products. Ballard Power Systems’ proprietary fuel cell technology is enabling automobile, electrical equipment and portable power product manufacturers to develop environmentally clean products for sale. The fundamental component of these end-user products is the BALLARD(r) fuel cell that combines hydrogen (which can be obtained from methanol, natural gas, petroleum or renewable sources) and oxygen (from air) without combustion to generate electricity. Ballard is partnering with strong, world-leading companies, including DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GPU, ALSTOM and EBARA, to commercialize BALLARD(r) fuel cells. Ballard has also supplied fuel cells to Honda, Nissan, Volkswagen, Yamaha, Cinergy, Coleman Powermate and Matsushita Electric Works, among others.

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