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Advance Launches First-of-Its-Kind Fuel Cell-Powered Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine



  Advance Launches First-of-Its-Kind Fuel Cell-Powered Industrial Floor
  Cleaning Machine

Industry’s First Hybrid Drive Combination Sweeper-Scrubbers Slash Fuel Costs,
Emissions and Hydraulic System Maintenance, While Enhancing Performance and
Productivity

Business Wire

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- January 28, 2013

Nilfisk-Advance Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and
distributors of professional floor cleaning equipment, introduced today the
first fuel cell-powered industrial combination sweeper-scrubber. The Advance
CS7000™ Combination Sweeper-Scrubber Fuel Cell unit was unveiled by
Nilfisk-Advance’s U.S. President & General Manager Jeff Barna at the ProMat
2013 Expo in Chicago. This innovative machine responds to the growing
industrial demand for cost-effective, alternative fuel solutions.

CS7000 Combination Sweeper-Scrubber Fuel Cell (Photo: Nilfisk-Advance Group)

CS7000 Combination Sweeper-Scrubber Fuel Cell (Photo: Nilfisk-Advance Group)

“Our industrial customers have asked for sustainable cleaning solutions
coupled with Advance’s proven track record of great performance and enhanced
productivity. This first-of-its-kind fuel cell-powered unit provides a
sweeper-scrubber solution for customers who have already invested in fuel cell
technology, allowing them to further leverage their fuel cell investment and
infrastructure,” said Barna. “Advance’s goal is to always deliver
best-in-industry products and customer service so fuel cell technology users
can now meet their industrial cleaning needs, while utilizing their own
hydrogen fuel-cell infrastructure.”

Operating solely on hydrogen, the innovative fuel cell-powered Advance CS7000
provides enhanced efficiency, productivity, reliability, simplified
maintenance and 100% indoor emission-free operation—making it an ideal
solution for sustainable-driven applications. Featuring dedicated sweeping and
scrubbing functions, the Advance CS7000 fuel cell unit provides one-pass
cleaning power for enhanced cleaning capabilities. Optional equipment features
such as the patented DustGuard™ System, provide users with unlimited
flexibility to meet their cleaning challenges. Additional benefits include:

  * Full operator shift of cleaning time between refuels
  * Rapid refuel capabilities with no recharge cycle enables 24/7 operation
  * Simple, two-connection setup for easy fuel cell installation

Plug Power Inc., the architect of modern fuel cell technology, manufactures
the fuel cell used in the Advance CS7000 sweeper-scrubber. Plug Power
revolutionized the industry with its GenDrive® power solutions that increase
productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints for customers
who use their fuel cell products.

“Advance is an industry leader and innovator and it was only natural for Plug
Power and Advance to join forces to offer the cleaning industry’s first fuel
cell sweeper-scrubber,” said Erik Hansen, VP Sales of Plug Power.

About the Advance CS7000™ Series

The full line of Advance CS7000 Combination Sweeper-Scrubbers—the all-battery
powered, hybrid and now the new fuel cell-powered—are the most efficient,
productive, cost-effective and sustainable industrial floor cleaners on the
market for industrial use. The design of Advance’s CS7000 series has resulted
in up to a 50% reduction in fuel costs relative to comparable models in the
marketplace, reduces LPG fuel consumption and cost up to 45%, up to 45% lower
carbon dioxide (CO[2]) emissions than other LPG fueled units, increases
battery runtime vs. competitors by 64% and is 100% indoor emission-free ePower
battery operation.

The extended runtime offered by all of the Advance CS7000 models is ideal for
maximum productivity in industrial cleaning areas, including warehouses,
shipping and manufacturing facilities that present difficult-to-manage areas
due to the size and scope of the required cleaning area. Large cleaning
applications, such as heavily-accessed university grounds or parking garages,
also benefit from the Advance CS7000’s dual sweeping and scrubbing/cleaning
capabilities.

About Nilfisk-Advance

The Nilfisk-Advance Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of
professional floor cleaning equipment. Nilfisk-Advance has production, sales
and service entities in all major geographic regions including, EMEA (Europe,
Middle-East and Africa), Americas (U.S., Canada and Latin America), and Asia
Pacific, including China. Nilfisk-Advance is a part of the NKT Group, which is
an OMX20 company listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Total 2011 sales
were over $1 billion USD.

Advance is a brand of Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. For more information on the new
Advance Fuel Cell CS7000, call 800-850-5559 or visit:

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Contact:

For Nilfisk-Advance Group
Amy K. Rotenberg, Esq.
612-336-7705
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