Plug Power and Ballard Power Systems to Receive $3.5 Million in DoD Funding for Army Continuity of Operations



    LATHAM, N.Y.; VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 26 /CNW/ -- Plug Power
Inc. (Nasdaq:   PLUG) and Ballard Power Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:   BLDP; TSX: BLD)
have been awarded $3.5 million by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to
collaborate on the next phase of fuel cell systems development to support the
DoD's Continuity of Operations (COOP) initiative.
    Plug Power and Ballard have worked together since early 2006 on backup
power applications that target the U.S. DoD and Department of Homeland
Security and other government agencies. The companies will continue to work
collaboratively on a modular and scaleable fuel cell system for use in
telecommunication and other mission-critical backup applications. Prototype
system trials are expected to be deployed in 2008 with both government and
commercial customers.
    Government investment enabled first-phase technology evaluation of the
backup power solution. This further funding, for the second phase, will
facilitate delivery of systems to customers for validation of product
requirements.
    "This award from the Department of Defense accelerates joint development
activities that move us toward a product that supports the critical
infrastructure needs of public and private clients across a number of
applications and industries," said Roger Saillant, Plug Power's President and
Chief Executive Officer. "The funding acts as a catalyst that unites Plug
Power's established leadership in the development and commercialization of
backup power solutions with Ballard's latest technology, the Mark1020 ACS(TM)
fuel cell stack. We expect this project will result in superior backup power
solutions for telecommunications and other mission-critical applications."
    "Governments play a critical role in bringing technologies to market that
provide economic, environmental and security benefits to society as a whole,"
said John Sheridan, Ballard's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Moving
into the second phase of this collaboration with Plug Power illustrates how
government, in the role of both investor and end customer, moves new
technology forward."  Sheridan continued, "Both phases are prerequisites for
early stage commercialization of fuel cell solutions to provide customers with
clean, reliable backup power."
    The award will be administered through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers'
Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research
Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), which focuses on the evaluation and installation of
fuel cell power plants for stationary applications, including infrastructure,
environmental, water resources and disaster operations.
    
    About Ballard Power Systems
    
    Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX: BLD; Nasdaq:   BLDP) is recognized as a
leader in the development, manufacture and sale of hydrogen fuel cells.
Ballard's mission is to make fuel cells a commercial reality. To learn more
about what Ballard is doing with Power to Change the World(R), visit
www.ballard.com.
    
    Ballard Power Systems Safe Harbor Statement
    
    This release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the
beliefs and assumptions of Ballard's management and reflect Ballard's current
expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended. Such assumptions relate to our financial forecasts and expectations
regarding our product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market
demand.  These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our
actual results to be materially different, including, without limitation, the
rate of mass adoption of our products, product development delays, changing
environmental regulations, our ability to attract and retain business partners
and customers, our access to funding, increased competition, our ability to
protect our intellectual property, changes in our customers' requirements, and
our ability to provide the capital required for product development,
operations and marketing. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard's
forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or
release any revisions to these forward looking statements.  For a detailed
discussion of the risk factors that could affect Ballard's future performance,
please refer to our most recent Annual Information Form.
    
    About Plug Power Inc.
    
    Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:   PLUG), an established leader in the development
and deployment of clean, reliable on-site energy products, integrates fuel
cell technology into backup and primary power products for telecommunications,
material handling, utility and uninterruptible power supply applications. The
Company is actively engaged with private and public customers in targeted
markets throughout the world, including North America, Europe, the Middle
East, Russia, South Africa and South America. 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.
    
    Plug Power Inc. Safe Harbor Statement
    
    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not
limited to our 2007 milestones and statements regarding our growth plans. We
believe that it is important to communicate our future expectations to our
investors. However, there may be events in the future that we are not able to
accurately predict or control and that may cause our actual results to differ
materially from the expectations we describe in our forward-looking
statements, including, without limitation, the risk that the anticipated
synergies of the Cellex Power Products and General Hydrogen acquisitions are
not realized; the risk that unit orders will not ship, be installed and/or
convert to revenue, in whole or in part; Plug Power's ability to develop
commercially viable on-site energy products; the cost and timing of developing
Plug Power's on-site energy products; market acceptance of Plug Power's on-
site energy products; Plug Power's ability to manufacture on-site energy
products on a large-scale commercial basis; competitive factors, such as price
competition and competition from other traditional and alternative energy
companies; the cost and availability of components and parts for Plug Power's
on-site energy products; Plug Power's ability to establish relationships with
third parties with respect to product development, manufacturing, distribution
and servicing and the supply of key product components; Plug Power's ability
to protect its intellectual property; Plug Power's ability to lower the cost
of its on-site energy products and demonstrate their reliability; the cost of
complying with current and future governmental regulations; the impact of
deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility industry on demand for
Plug Power's on-site energy products and other risks and uncertainties
discussed under "Item IA-Risk Factors" in Plug Power's annual report on Form
10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 16, 2007, and the reports Plug Power
files from time to time with the SEC. Plug Power does not intend to and
undertakes no duty to update the information contained in this press release.




For further information:

For further information: Al Bucknam of Plug Power Inc., +1-518-782-7700 
ext. 1510, media@plugpower.com; or Rebecca Young of Ballard Power Systems 
Inc., +1-604- 454-0900, media@ballard.com Web Site: http://www.plugpower.com  
                http://www.ballard.com

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