Ballard ClearGen™ Fuel Cell System to Operate Using Biomass-Generated Hydrogen in California

Ballard ClearGen™ Fuel Cell System to Operate Using Biomass-Generated 
Hydrogen in California 
--  Renewable energy system to provide power and heat to Blue Lake 
    Rancheria Tribe facilities 
VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: 
BLD) has announced the sale of a 175 kilowatt ClearGen™ distributed 
generation fuel cell system to the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt 
County, California. The fuel cell system will be integrated with a biomass 
gasifier and syngas purification unit to form an integrated biomass-to-fuel 
cell power solution. The system will be the first of its kind, with the 
potential to double the efficiency of biomass-to-power generation. 
"The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is committed to renewable power to reduce 
greenhouse gas emissions and increase the energy efficiency of our 
facilities," said Arla Ramsey, the Tribe's vice chairperson. "Biomass-to-fuel 
cell power is an excellent match for our community and our region, and we see 
tremendous potential for deployments beyond our own facilities." 
The system will convert locally-grown timber by-product feedstock into 
hydrogen-rich syngas, using pyrolysis gasification technology. This syngas 
will then be purified, resulting in a high quality hydrogen stream, which will 
be used to power the ClearGen™ fuel cell system. The plant will provide base 
load power for the Tribe's commercial enterprises and by-product heat will be 
used to warm the swimming pool in an adjacent hotel. 
Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe will integrate the ClearGen™ system, biomass 
gasifier and fuel purification unit with support from the Schatz Energy 
Research Center (SERC), a research and teaching center affiliated with 
Humboldt State University's Environmental Resources Engineering program. 
"Using biomass to produce hydrogen is an important enabler for distributed 
generation applications," said Larry Stapleton, Vice President of Sales. "This 
initial installation will demonstrate a renewable, high efficiency, low 
emission solution that is cost competitive today in communities relying on 
diesel generators." 
The project is supported by a proposed funding award to the Redwood Coast 
Energy Authority, a local-government joint powers agency, from the California 
Energy Commission's Community Scale Renewable Energy Development, Deployment 
and Integration Program. That program focuses on technical solutions enabling 
communities to rely primarily on locally-available renewable resources to 
provide electricity at competitive rates. 
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