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Nokia Siemens Networks, Ballard Power Systems develop fuel cell backup power for mobile networks

November 19, 2012
        --  Designed to support mobile networks during and after commercial
            grid outages
        --  Passed NTT DOCOMO evaluation tests and Japan statutory approval
            for power supply

VANCOUVER, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Nokia Siemens Networks is working with Ballard Power Systems, Inc. to
develop mobile networks that can continue to operate during power
blackouts. Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO has evaluated the Nokia Siemens
Networks Flexi Multiradio base station with integrated fuel cell*
backup for potential commercial deployment. The solution has been
installed at a DOCOMO R&D Center test site in Japan’s Yokosuka Research
Park (YRP).

“Mobile networks can be vital when a natural disaster strikes, and power
outages make other forms of communication difficult,” said Mark
Donaldson, head of mobile broadband energy solutions at Nokia Siemens
Networks. “Integrating fuel cells with our base stations can
significantly increase the resilience of the mobile networks we
provide.”

“Our fuel cell systems provide power for extended periods during outages
caused by natural calamities and commercial grid failures,” said Larry
Stapleton, vice president of sales at Ballard. “The collaboration with
Nokia Siemens Networks has helped us leverage our service and
integration expertise in order to deliver an emergency-ready
alternative power solution for mobile networks.”

Backup power solutions based on fuel cell technology deliver a number of
advantages over conventional batteries and diesel generators. These
include higher reliability across a wide range of operating conditions,
lower maintenance costs, longer operating life as well as reduced size,
weight, installation footprint, noise signature and environmental
impact.

The fuel cell weight and size are significantly less in comparison to
existing lead acid batteries that are typically used in many base
stations to provide backup power for extended outages. The base station
and fuel cell combination developed by Nokia Siemens Networks with
Ballard can provide 4.5 kilowatts of power for approximately 40 hours
on a single tank of fuel.

The solution from Nokia Siemens Networks and Ballard has already
received the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) statutory
approval in Japan. After delivering and setting up the fuel cell at a
test site in YRP, Nokia Siemens Networks participated in and cleared
DOCOMO’s evaluation tests.

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband.
From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate
at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global
experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their
networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the
intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services
to make it all work seamlessly.
With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries
and had net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

About Ballard Power Systems, Inc.
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy
fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of
applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and
versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.**

Notes:
*A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel
into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another
oxidizing agent. Hydrogen is the most common fuel, but hydrocarbons such as natural gas and
alcohols such as methanol are sometimes used. Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to run, but
they can produce electricity continually for as long as these inputs
are supplied.

** This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the
benefits of our products to customers. These forward-looking statements
reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking
statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial
forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts,
manufacturing capacity, and market demand and include the Company’s
expectations regarding the potential benefits of the proposed
transaction and the timing and success of future product development
efforts.

These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause
Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general
economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties,
successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining
profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk
factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to
Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place
undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard
assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these
forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable
legislation.

Media Enquiries

Nokia Siemens Networks
Shinji Kimura
Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Japan
Phone: +81 3 5474 6647
E-mail: shinji.2.kimura@nsn.com 

Media Relations
Phone: +358 7140 02869
E-mail: mediarelations@nsn.com 

Ballard
Guy McAree
Phone: +1 604 412 7919
Email: investors@ballard.com or media@ballard.com 

SOURCE Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Image with caption: “Fuel cell system installed at Nokia Siemens Networks’ green energy test site in Japan. IdaTech fuel cell products are now owned and manufactured by Ballard Power Systems. (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc. )”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121119_C9423_PHOTO_EN_20878.jpg


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