Plug Power to Participate in Showcase Tour of First European Forklift Fleet 100 Percent Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells

LATHAM, N.Y., June 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, announced today that it will participate in a tour of Europe’s first warehouse with a fleet of forklift trucks 100 percent powered by Plug Power’s GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells. The Prelocentre site is the first logistics center in Europe deploying only fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles. It will operate 40 trucks by the end of 2016 and 60 in 2017.

The tour, which is being organized by HyLIFT-EUROPE, in cooperation with Prelocentre and Air Liquide, is designed to let members of the logistics industry and local officials see the productivity and sustainability impact that hydrogen-powered fuel cells have on a distribution center. It will take place on June 7, 2016, at the Prelocentre distribution center in Saint-Cyr-en-Val, France.

The event will feature a site tour focused on the GenDrive fuel cell-powered fleet being refueled by an indoor hydrogen dispensing system. Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cells are a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries in electric material handling vehicles. Fleet productivity is positively impacted as GenDrive fuel cells provide continuous power to the truck at all times, even in freezer environments as low as negative 30 degrees Celsius (negative 22 degrees Fahrenheit). Battery degradation and untimely trips to the battery room are completely eliminated.

Attendees will hear remarks from Prelocentre Director, Philippe Giroux and General Manager for Hypulsion-Plug Power Europe, Jose Luis Crespo. Additionally, statements will be made by local authorities and executives from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), Air Liquide and Colruyt, a grocery store chain that has also invested in Plug Power’s GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell solution for its European distribution center.

“This event marks an important milestone for hydrogen fuel cells and sustainable facilities in Europe and it’s validating to see our GenDrive units powering the entire fleet,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “This successful implementation at the Prelocentre site will inspire other companies in the region to recognize the financial and environmental advantages of hydrogen fuel cells and help Plug Power to further expand its presence in Europe.”

HyLIFT-EUROPE and HyLIFT-DEMO are projects undertaken by HyLIFT and co-financed by FCHJU. The two organizations have supported the development and demonstration of European-manufactured fuel-cell powered material handling vehicles and hydrogen recharging infrastructure since 2009.

For more information on Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cells, visit

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The architects of modern hydrogen and fuel cell technology, Plug Power has revolutionized the industry with its simple GenKey solution, elements of which are designed to increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints in a reliable, cost-effective way. Plug Power’s GenKey solution couples together all the necessary elements to power, fuel and service a customer. Plug Power is the partner that customers trust to take their businesses into the future. For more information about Plug Power, visit

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