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Ballard to Power One Megawatt Fuel Cell Generator in Singapore

- Fuel cell stacks will be integrated in distributed generation (DG) system

- This is an important first step into the commercial DG market in Asia

VANCOUVER–Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) today announced the sale of 1.25 megawatts (MW) of the Company’s FCgen(R)-1300 fuel cell product, together with engineering support services, to Real Time Engineering PTE Ltd. (RTE), a Singapore-based system integrator. RTE intends to produce a 1MW distributed power generator for deployment in Singapore.

“We are pleased to be working with RTE, a committed player in the Asian clean technology community,” said Michael Goldstein, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer. “RTE will be an excellent partner to help us bring Ballard’s proprietary fuel cell technology to the Asian multi-megawatt distributed generation market.”

Ballard’s FCgen(R)-1300 fuel cell stack is a low-cost, liquid-cooled product specifically designed for stationary applications. Product deliveries to RTE will begin this year, with commissioning of the 1MW fuel cell generator targeted for 2012. Additional fuel cell stacks will be maintained by RTE as spare inventory.

The 1MW generator will be deployed at a new Singapore industrial development site and used in a base load application. RTE will build-own-operate the equipment under a power purchase agreement with the end-user. Hydrogen fuel will be produced on-site using bio-mass as the energy feedstock, making this a clean solution on a “well-to-wheels” basis.

Philip Wong, Managing Director of Real Time Engineering added, “Ballard’s fuel cell product represents the best option for us, in terms of load-following capability, reliability and price. RTE is excited to be an innovator in bringing truly green and truly clean power to Asia. In fact, we have a number of green power projects in the pipeline today.”

Ballard and RTE plan to collaborate over the next several years, with the intention of selling and supporting additional fuel cell power generators in the growing Asian market. Asian economies are growing at four-times the pace of OECD member countries, which is driving an increased requirement for power as well as a growing concern for the environment. Asia currently accounts for 40% of global CO2 emissions.

December 20, 2010 - 9:09 PM