LATHAM, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions and 3M, a science and technology company, today announce a supply agreement for membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) to be used in Plug Power designed proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks.
3M, based in St. Paul MN, has applied its expertise in electrochemistry, fluoropolymer membrane, and high throughput manufacturing for advanced fuel cell MEAs. Plug Power has integrated this capability into the Plug Power fuel cell stack designs to improve performance and extend life.
"3M is pleased to have the opportunity to draw upon our broad fuel cell expertise to supply Plug Power MEAs with industry leading cost, performance, and durability," said Jeffrey Hohn, 3M's Vice President of Renewable Energy. "Plug Power is a global leader in fuel cells and this strategic relationship leverages both companies' strengths, enabling the next generation of electric mobility."
Through this strategic supply agreement, robust fuel cell stacks will be manufactured in Plug Power's Latham, NY and Spokane, WA facilities to support the $20 billion material handling market. Additionally, this new fuel cell stack technology will be utilized to expand Plug Power's presence into hydrogen enabled electric vehicle applications outside of the material handling market. Fuel cell systems using the 3M MEA's and Plug Power stack design will begin shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015.
"With this strategic relationship, both Plug Power and 3M will set the new benchmark for performance and reliability for hydrogen fuel cell products in the most demanding electric mobility application – material handling," said Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO. "The joint knowledge and development capability of both companies will facilitate additional cost and performance improvements for the future of the electric vehicle market."
About Plug Power Inc.
The powerhouse in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprint. Its signature solution, GenKey, provides an all-inclusive package for customers, incorporating GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, GenCare aftermarket service and either GenDrive or ReliOn fuel cell systems. GenDrive, a lead-acid battery replacement, is used in electric lift trucks in high-throughput material handling applications. With more than 9,000 GenDrive units deployed with material handling customers, GenDrive has been proven reliable with over 107 million hours of runtime. Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today, so customers can POWERAhead. Additional information about the Plug Power brands is available at www.plugpower.com.
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