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Plug Power Secures Carrefour Group as Retail GenDrive Fuel Cell Customer in France

LATHAM, N.Y., July 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, announces The Carrefour Group as a new GenDrive fuel cell customer in Europe. The retailer will purchase more than 150 GenDrive units, to be deployed in STILL-brand class-2 and class-3 electric lift trucks at Carrefour’s brand new distribution center located in Vendin-lès-Béthune, France.

Headquartered just outside Paris, The Carrefour Group is the leading retailer in Europe and the second-largest retailer in the world, employing more than 380,000 people. With more than 12,300 stores in 30 countries, it generated total revenues of €104.4 billion in 2015. Securing Carrefour as a GenDrive customer is a significant milestone for Plug Power in building its business in Europe, and provides critical validation for hydrogen and fuel cells throughout the continent.

The agreement is part of a significant roll out of Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cell solution in European countries, where many firms are seeking new technologies that can deliver higher productivity and better environmental sustainability. This supports Carrefour’s commitments to responsible retailing, including reducing energy consumption by 30 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025.

In new facilities, like Carrefour’s Vendin distribution center, the use of hydrogen allows companies to avoid the high costs of building a battery room and related upgrades to electrical infrastructure, and instead apply that budget to more cost-effective hydrogen infrastructure. Carrefour’s hydrogen infrastructure will be completed in the coming months enabling the project to be commissioned in late 2016.

Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cell solution displaces lead-acid batteries in electric lift trucks and enables customers to increase the productivity of their operations, while reducing operational costs. Plug Power’s product line of CE-certified GenDrive units are available today for use in European material handling customers.

“It is clear to Plug Power that Carrefour is committed to innovation and looking for ways to operate responsibly and improve working conditions for employees and stakeholders,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “Plug Power understands why Carrefour found our GenDrive fuel cell solutions in line with its philosophy to adopt clean energy in its daily operations and we look forward to helping this new customer grow its businesses.”

This project will receive funding from Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking emanating from the European Union.

About Plug Power Inc.
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 www.plugpower.com.

About Carrefour
As a multi-local, multi-format, and omni-channel retailer, Carrefour employs more than 380,000 people worldwide. With 12,100 stores in more than 30 countries, the group generated revenues of €104.4 billion under banners in 2015. Carrefour is a partner for daily life. Every day, it welcomes more than 13 million customers around the world. Carrefour is committed through its actions to sustainable and responsible trade. The Group's Corporate Social Responsibility worldwide approach is built on three pillars: fighting against waste in all its forms, protecting biodiversity and working alongside the company's partners.
For more information: www.carrefour.com, @CarrefourGroup on Twitter

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