Hydrogenics Awarded Military Contract

September 20, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Hydrogenics Corp. (Mississauga, Ontario) announced a contract award by the Department of National Defence Canada (DND) to advance into the next stage of development of its chemical hydride-fueled, portable fuel cell power program.

This contract award follows Hydrogenics' successful completion of Phase I of the project that involved the evaluation of a hydrogen supply subsystem and the design of an integrated, hydrogen-fueled PEM fuel cell power generator. Pursuant to the new contract award, Hydrogenics will build multiple 500W compact power generators, designed to charge batteries and directly power applications in the field. Hydrogenics' proprietary chemical hydride system will generate and store hydrogen for the power generators. The company expects to deliver the prototype systems by the end of the year.

"The power needs of the military are based on mission-critical criteria and, as a result, the military is constantly evaluating ways to improve their existing technologies," said Pierre Rivard, president and CEO of Hydrogenics. "This contract award is not only an indication of the exciting potential of this technology but also a clear endorsement of Hydrogenics' achievements to date. We are excited about this technology and believe it can be effectively commercialized for use in military and industrial power applications."