March 2010

3.23.2010
Genco Purchases 25 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power in Graniteville, SC
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3.17.2010
GM to Maintain Hydrogen Push as Plug-In Volt Readied for Sale
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3.12.2010
United Natural Foods to Adopt Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology at its Sarasota, FL Distribution Center
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3.9.2010
Boeing Develops 'Phantom Eye' hydrogen-powered UAV
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March 23th, 2010
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Genco Purchases 25 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power in Graniteville, SC

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB ) March 23, 2010 -- GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, North America’s second largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider, today announced the purchase of 25 GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power units from Plug Power Inc. for use in lift trucks. The GenDrive units will power the lift trucks at a 450,000 square foot distribution center in Graniteville, SC that GENCO operates for Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The GenDrive units are expected to be received in May and June 2010.

Funding was provided as part of a $6.1 million award made to GENCO in April, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell units and create jobs in fuel cell manufacturing, installation, maintenance and support services. Through this award, GENCO will deploy over 350 GenDrive units at Kimberly-Clark and other companies.

"We are excited about the opportunity to move this initiative forward," said Bob Simon, GENCO’s project manager. "We’ve had a two-unit pilot program in place with Kimberly-Clark at their Graniteville, SC facility and look forward to the many benefits of the full deployment."

This sustainable solution eliminates the demand and cost of electricity and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, toxic lead-acid is removed from the workplace and replaced with hydrogen, which generates water as a byproduct.

“Kimberly-Clark continues to explore new ways to increase safety in the workplace and to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment,” said Joe DeYoung, Kimberly-Clark distribution operations manager for North American Consumer Products. “We were recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, and have led the personal product category of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. Our pilot at the Graniteville site has been very successful, and we’re pleased to be able to partner with GENCO and Plug Power in expanding hydrogen fuel cell technology to the entire lift truck fleet at this facility.”

“GENCO understands the value provided by Plug Power’s GenDrive units,” said Erik Hansen, vice president and general manager of Plug Power’s Motive Power Division. “GENCO’s utilization of the GenDrive solution puts it at an advantage over its competition, with respect to both productivity and corporate social responsibility. GENCO is creating a safer environment for its teammates and the community.”

GENCO Supply Chain Solutions is North America's second largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider and the recognized leader in Reverse Logistics. The company manages over 130 operations and 37 million square feet of warehouse space throughout North America for a diverse range of retail, manufacturing and government customers. The company provides initial and ongoing value through a complete range of solutions, including contract logistics, transportation logistics, parcel negotiation and audits, reverse logistics, damage research, product liquidation, pharmaceutical services, government solutions and technology solutions. For more information, visit www.genco.com.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), an established leader in the development and deployment of clean, reliable energy solutions, integrates fuel cell technology into motive and continuous power products. The Company is actively engaged with private and public customers in targeted markets throughout the world. 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.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and its well known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No.1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 138-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.


March 17th, 2010
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GM to Maintain Hydrogen Push as Plug-In Volt readied for Sale

GM has “invested over $1.6 billion in fuel cells. We didn’t do it because people were talking about the technology. We did it because we think it’s one of the right elements to have.”



March 17 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. aims to commercialize autos fueled by hydrogen even as the largest U.S. carmaker prepares to begin selling the battery-powered Chevrolet Volt plug-in vehicle late this year.

While U.S. policy has shifted to favor developing cars that use lithium-ion packs, rather than hydrogen fuel-cell models, both are needed to cut oil reliance and greenhouse gases, Charles Freese, GM’s executive director of global powertrain engineering, said at a briefing in Burbank, California. He discussed GM’s new fuel-cell power system that’s smaller, lighter and cheaper than the one used in its hydrogen-powered Equinox wagon.

“We are not abandoning the fuel-cell technology,” Freese said yesterday. “Through the worst years in this company’s history we maintained the program and maintained the forward progress.”

GM’s ability to fund costly hydrogen research came into question when the former General Motors Corp. filed for bankruptcy last year. As part of its reorganization, the Detroit-based company has reduced expenses to help pay back billions of dollars in federal bailout funds.

The Volt plug-in can travel 40 miles (64 kilometers) solely on lithium-ion battery power, according to GM. After the batteries run down, an onboard gasoline engine recharges the cells, extending the car’s driving range. Initially, the Volt will be marketed to drivers in California, which requires large automakers to offer some vehicles that emit little or no tailpipe pollution.

GM has said the Volt will cost about $40,000, before a federal tax credit for electric vehicles. The company has said that eventually a fuel cell stack could replace the gasoline engine.

Fuel cells, made up of layers of plastic film coated with platinum sandwiched between metal plates, make electricity in a chemical process combining hydrogen and oxygen. Water vapor is the only exhaust.

While hydrogen cars offer greater range and faster fueling than battery models, high production costs and a lack of fuel stations has slowed their introduction beyond test fleets. Honda Motor Co. began leasing its FCX Clarity fuel cell sedan to a small number of Los Angeles drivers in 2008.

Freese said GM is “on a path” to sell retail versions of its hydrogen vehicles by 2015, without confirming any specific plans. Honda, Toyota Motor Corp., Daimler AG and Hyundai Motor Co. have all said they will have fuel cell vehicles ready for retail customers by around 2015.

The U.S. should adopt a more uniform strategy on advanced technology options as Germany and Japan have done, Freese said. Both countries announced plans to open 1,000 hydrogen fuel stations.

“We have anything but consistent policy in this country,” Freese said. GM has “invested over $1.6 billion in fuel cells. We didn’t do it because people were talking about the technology. We did it because we think it’s one of the right elements to have.”


March 12th, 2010
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United Natural Foods to Adopt Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology at its Sarasota, FL Distribution Center

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Complementing its culture of social responsibility and its commitment to utilizing clean energy, United Natural Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNFI) today announced plans to adopt hydrogen fuel cell technology to power the lift truck fleet at its Sarasota, Florida distribution center. Intended to improve efficiency, productivity and reliability, 65 GenDrive™ fuel cell powered lift trucks will be mobilized at the Sarasota distribution facility, with a targeted completion date in June 2010.  The Company will add 29 new hydrogen fuel cell-powered lift trucks, to its fleet, and 36 existing lift trucks will be retrofitted to hydrogen fuel cell technology.  

"We consider environmental stewardship an essential component in every facet of our business.  This hydrogen fuel cell project is further proof of UNFI's leadership as an environmentally-conscious organization by advancing the use and development of alternative-fuel technologies," commented Steve Spinner, UNFI's President and Chief Executive Officer.

As part of the Sarasota initiative to replace lead acid batteries and their associated charging equipment with hydrogen fuel cells, UNFI has partnered with a number of companies to implement the roll-out, including Plug Power Inc., (Nasdaq: PLUG), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD) and Abel Womack, Inc.

As background, a hydrogen fuel cell produces energy by combining hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical reaction that yields electricity, heat and water.  Hydrogen is non-toxic, non-poisonous, the lightest of all gases and the most abundant element in the universe.  By converting UNFI's Sarasota lift truck fleet to hydrogen fuel cells, the Company expects carbon emissions will be reduced by approximately 132 metric tons annually, an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of 35 automobiles.  

Tom Dziki, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development, commented, "This project is a natural extension of our strategy to create an environmentally and socially responsible environment in all the communities we serve.  Hydrogen fuel cells not only provide greater productivity and lower operating costs but will be an important component of a clean energy future and we are happy to be pioneering the use of this technology in Florida. Once implemented, this fuel cell project is expected to create annual energy savings of approximately 640,000 kilowatt hours."
The 352,000 square-foot Sarasota facility, which employs approximately 160 associates, serves as a regional distribution hub for customers in the Southeastern United States.  

About United Natural Foods
United Natural Foods, Inc. (http://www.unfi.com/) carries and distributes more than 60,000 products to more than 17,000 customer locations nationwide. The Company serves a wide variety of retail formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retail operators and the food service channel. United Natural Foods, Inc. was ranked by Forbes in 2005 as one of the "Best Managed Companies in America," ranked by Fortune in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 as one of its "Most Admired Companies," winner of the Supermarket News 2008 Sustainability Excellence Award, and recognized by the Nutrition Business Journal for its 2009 Environment and Sustainability Award.

For more information on United Natural Foods, Inc., visit the Company's website at www.unfi.com.


March 9th, 2010
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Boeing Develops 'Phantom Eye' hydrogen-powered UAV

ST. LOUIS (BNS): Boeing has begun to build its first unmanned, liquid –hydrogen powered, high altitude long endurance (HALE) demonstrator aircraft.

According to a news release by Boeing, the Phantom Eye’s entire propulsion system has completed an 80 hour test in an altitude chamber at the beginning of this month, clearing the way for the propulsion system and UAV to be assembled.

“The essence of Phantom Eye is its propulsion system, after five years of technology development, we are now deploying rapid prototyping to bring together an unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] with a breakthrough liquid-hydrogen propulsion system that will be ready to fly early next year,” Darryl Davis, Boeing Phantom Works president said in a Boeing news release.

The demonstrator of the Phantom Eye has a 150-foot wingspan which can fly at altitudes up to 65,000 feet for more than four days carrying a payload up to 450 pounds. Phantom Eye is designed to perform missions that could include intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and communication.

Boeing is also developing a larger HALE that will stay aloft for more than 10 days and carry payloads of more than 2,000 pounds, and building “Phantom Ray,” a fighter-sized UAV that will be a flying test bed for advanced technologies, as reported in the release.

“We believe Phantom Eye and Phantom Ray represent two areas where the unmanned aerial vehicle market is heading, and rapid prototyping is the key to getting us there,” the release quoted Dave Koopersmith, Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft vice president as saying. “These innovative demonstrators reduce technology risks and set the stage for meeting both military and commercial customers’ future needs.”

Phantom Ray evolved from the X-45C program. It is scheduled to make its first flight in December this year.


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