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

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2013

  *Renewable energy system to provide power and heat to Blue Lake Rancheria
    Tribe facilities

VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - 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.

About Ballard Power Systems
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.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning product
development activities and projected outcomes. 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.

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
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Ballard's future performance, please refer to Ballard's most recent Annual
Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard's
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release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as
required under applicable legislation.

Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919,media@ballard.com orinvestors@ballard.com

SOURCE Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Contact:

Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919,media@ballard.com orinvestors@ballard.com
 
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