Plug Power Customers Receive Awards to Purchase 304 GenDrive Units Under US DOE FundingTuesday, April 21, 2009
LATHAM, NY — Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, has announced they have received over $6 M in awards from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for fuel cell market transformation programs. The funding will be used to integrate Plug Power’s fuel cell solutions into material handling, residential and stationary power applications. Successful completion of these projects will strengthen the product portfolios for Plug Power’s GenDrive and GenSys products.
Additionally, nine programs were awarded to Plug Power customers for DOE market transformation projects, totaling over 304 GenDrive units deployed into the field. Replacing lead acid batteries in electric lift trucks, these product installations will allow for fleet conversions within warehouses and distribution centers in Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.
“These awards move commercial customers beyond field trials to full fleet conversions,” said Tony Troutt, Director of Sales at Plug Power. “Strong support from large customers in diverse industries will drive rapid market adoption.”
As part of the $6 M in awards, the DOE will also fund a three-year project to verify the durability and commercial readiness of Plug Power’s combined heat and power GenSys product. Designed for residential and light commercial applications, GenSys replaces traditional furnaces and boilers, creating electricity and high-quality heat for the consumer. The DOE funded reliability fleet will be installed in highly visible locations in Southern California, working with Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility, and the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine.
“We appreciate the DOE’s investment and commitment to fuel cell technology,” said Katrina Fritz Intwala, Vice President of Government and Public Relations. “Their vision and leadership has facilitated expansion and growth within the industry. This will allow companies like Plug Power and its customers to deploy exciting alternative energy products and accelerate the growth of green jobs.”
About Plug Power Inc.
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), an established leader in the development and deployment of clean, reliable energy solutions, integrates fuel cell technology into motive, continuous and backup power products. The Company is actively engaged with private and public customers in targeted markets throughout the world. For more information about how to join Plug Power’s energy revolution as an investor, customer, supplier or strategic partner, please visit www.plugpower.com.