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Air Products to Supply Hydrogen and Infrastructure to Fuel Fleet of Fuel Cell Lift Trucks at New Illinois Grocery Distribution Center

December 11, 2008

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Environmentally
cleaner, more energy efficient, and providing enhanced operational performance
on the job 24/7 is how users of hydrogen powered forklifts and materials
handling equipment describe the new warehouse workhorse. The benefits of
hydrogen powered vehicles over traditional units will be evidenced daily as
Air Products (NYSE: APD), a global leader in hydrogen fueling infrastructure
and technology, will install indoor hydrogen fueling infrastructure to fill a
fleet of over 200 fuel cell powered lift trucks that will operate at Central
Grocers’ new distribution center in Joliet, Illinois. Central Grocers’ new
distribution center is expected to be operational by the end of the first
quarter of 2009.

“The operational and environmental benefits of hydrogen powered materials
handling management systems will be very evident from day one,” said Tom
Joseph
, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air
Products. “Look no further than Joliet, Illinois for a true indication of the
positive results of the hydrogen economy that many people have talked about.
We are pleased to be collaborating with Plug Power at this site, and
congratulate Central Grocers for its leadership in seeking alternative energy
solutions.”

Air Products’ indoor hydrogen fueling dispenser and related infrastructure
will fuel the fleet of new lift trucks supplied by Yale Equipment Services,
located in Rosemont, Illinois and fitted with Plug Power’s (Nasdaq: PLUG)
GenDrive(TM) hydrogen fuel cell power packs. Yale will service both the lift
trucks and the GenDrive fuel cell units. Air Products’ fueling infrastructure
will include outdoor liquid hydrogen storage and compression system, along
with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. The GenDrive
power units can be quickly refueled by the lift truck operator in less than
two minutes. This completely eliminates the need to change, store, charge and
maintain multiple lead acid batteries per lift truck.

“Central Grocers represents the first greenfield site to incorporate our
GenDrive solution into its operations. Greenfield sites offer the potential
for the greatest financial and operational benefits to our customers by
eliminating the need for capital investments in batteries and the associated
chargers, storage and changing systems,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power.
“This purchase also helps Central Grocers green their supply chain as well as
their business operations.”

There are many advantages to using hydrogen powered forklifts and other
materials handling equipment. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered equipment needs
refueling only once or twice daily, depending on use. In contrast,
traditional battery-powered equipment must be placed temporarily out of
operation for battery replacement and required battery recharging usually
every four to six hours. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered equipment provides
consistent power strength during use and do not have decreased performance or
wear down as required battery change out and recharge time nears for
traditional units. Further, hydrogen-powered fuel cell equipment is more
environmentally friendly, without associated lead-acid battery storage and
disposal issues.

Air Products, the leading supplier of merchant hydrogen to refineries to
assist in making cleaner burning transportation fuels, has completed over
75,000 hydrogen fills and has placed over 90 hydrogen fueling stations in the
United States
and 15 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses,
scooters, forklifts and other materials handling equipment, and even
submarines, have been fueled as this trend-setting technology involving Air
Products know-how, equipment, and hydrogen is being used increasingly at over
2,000 hydrogen fills per month. Air Products provides liquid and gaseous
hydrogen, and HCNG (hydrogen/compressed natural gas) fueling at varied
pressures and was the first company to provide 700 bar (10,000 psi) fueling.
Hydrogen for these stations is delivered to a site via truck, by on-site
natural gas reformation, and by electrolysis, wind and solar means.

Air Products has more than 50 years of hydrogen experience and is on the
forefront of hydrogen energy technology development. Air Products has an
extensive patent portfolio with over 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing
technology. For more information on Air Products’ hydrogen fueling station
technologies go to http://www.airproducts.com/h2energy.

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE: APD) serves customers in industrial, energy,
technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of
atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and
equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading
positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery
hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced
coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture,
operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air
Products has annual revenues of over $10 billion, operations in more than 40
countries, and 21,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit
http://www.airproducts.com.

About Plug Power

Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG), an established leader in the development
and deployment of clean, reliable on-site energy solutions, integrates fuel
cell technology into motive, continuous and backup 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 http://www.plugpower.com.

About Yale Materials Handling Corporation

Yale Materials Handling Corporation markets a full line of energy
efficient materials handling lift truck products and services, including
electric, gas, LP-gas and diesel powered lift trucks; narrow aisle, very
narrow aisle and motorized hand trucks. All Yale(R) trucks are manufactured in
plants meeting ISO 14000 environmental standards. Company engineers are
researching and investing in new technologies to help make lift trucks more
energy efficient. Yale is a market leader in the development of electric
trucks designed to duplicate the performance of ICE trucks. Yale is also a
market leader in the introduction of regenerative technology on electric
trucks to help conserve energy. Yale(R) trucks are manufactured in ISO
9001:2000 registered facilities and range in capacity from 2,000 to 36,000
pounds. For more information, or to find the authorized Yale(R) lift truck
dealer nearest you, call 1-800-233-YALE or visit http://www.yale.com.

*** NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual
results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

SOURCE Air Products


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