Stuart Energy Enters California Fuel Cell Partnership

Hydrogen generation and supply systems maker accepts an invitation to be an Associate Member.

Published: 22-Nov-2000

TORONTO, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ - Stuart Energy Systems (TSE: HHO), a leading developer of hydrogen generation and supply systems, announced today that it has accepted an invitation to be an Associate Member in the prestigious California Fuel Cell Partnership. The Partnership is a collaboration of eight of the world's major automakers, three leading fuel cell suppliers, three major energy companies and five state or federal government agencies. Stuart will demonstrate its leadership in developing appliances to refuel hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by deploying a "satellite" hydrogen fueling infrastructure for the Partnership. Stuart's proprietary technology uses household water and electricity to produce hydrogen fuel at the pressure and the purity needed for fuel cell vehicles.

The Partnership is a collaborative effort to demonstrate the potential for fuel cell powered vehicles. The California Fuel Cell Partnership is expected to place about 70 fuel cell passenger cars and fuel cell buses on the road in California between 2000 and 2003.

In addition to testing the fuel cell vehicles, the Partnership will also investigate fuel infrastructure issues, including Hydrogen supply, and prepare the market for this new technology by exploring the path to commercialization and increasing public awareness. Stuart Energy has offered the Partnership a convenient and practical distributed infrastructure to meet the needs of the fuel cell vehicles as they are introduced to market.

Andrew Stuart, President and CEO of Stuart Energy, commented, "We are very excited to become an Associate Member of the California Fuel Cell partnership. We are already providing hydrogen to the Partnership at SunLine Transit in Thousand Palms, and we are confident that we can play an enabling role in a hydrogen fueling infrastructure in California to help make fuel cell vehicles a success."

The California Cell Partnership

The partnership -- which formally began in April 1999 -- includes auto manufacturers (DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen), energy providers (BP, Shell, Texaco), fuel cell companies (Ballard Power Systems, International Fuel Cells, and XCELLSIS), and government agencies (the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District). The team also includes Associate Partners who assist with specific areas of expertise to help meet the Partnership's goals: hydrogen gas suppliers (Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and Praxair); a methanol fuel supplier (Methanex); and bus transit companies (AC Transit and SunLine Transit Agency).

Stuart Energy Systems

Stuart Energy Systems Corporation (TSE: HHO) is a leading developer and supplier of hydrogen generation and supply systems, with offices in Canada and the United States. These systems incorporate proprietary water electrolysis technology designed to serve the industrial hydrogen market and the emerging hydrogen fuel market for transportation and regenerative electric power applications. This market has been enabled by the development of electric power technologies such as the hydrogen fuel cell. The Company's Web site address is www.stuartenergy.com.

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