Ballard ClearGen(TM) Clean Energy Fuel Cell System To Be Deployed In China By Azure Hydrogen

Ballard ClearGen(TM) Clean Energy Fuel Cell System To Be Deployed In China By
                                Azure Hydrogen

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, March 12, 2013

VANCOUVER, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)
(TSX: BLD) has announced the sale of a 175 kilowatt (kW) ClearGen™ distributed
generation fuel cell system to Azure Hydrogen Energy Science and Technology
Corporation of Beijing, China (Azure). Azure is Ballard's partner in China
with a focus on development and enhancement of hydrogen energy technology for
a variety of applications in that marketplace.

Mr. Grand Mao, Chairman of Azure said, "The market for stationary fuel cell
power has significant potential in China. Projects such as the deployment of
this 175 kilowatt ClearGen™ system represent an important step in continuing
to grow market awareness of fuel cell products in my country."

Azure plans to display the ClearGen™ system and ElectraGen™-H2 backup power
systems at the fifth World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC2013), to be
held in Shanghai, China September 25-28, 2013. The convention will cover all
aspects of hydrogen energy, including production methods, storage and
distribution, utilization, economics and environmental impact. Following
WHTC2013, Azure is expected to redeploy the system to another as yet unnamed
location in China.

"Ballard and Azure have worked together in deploying our hydrogen-fuelled
ElectraGen^TM-H2 products for backup power trials with China Mobile," said
Larry Stapleton, Ballard's Vice President of Sales. "We are pleased that our
partner will now also be pursuing larger stationary fuel cell opportunities in
China using our ClearGen^TM product."

The ClearGen™ system is scalable to meet the hydrogen availability and power
requirements of any particular site. Earlier in 2013, Ballard also announced
the sale of a 175 kW ClearGen™ system to a customer in California. Repeat
builds have helped to optimize the system, leading to a smaller footprint and
improved serviceability.

Product cost reductions and market introduction of the ClearGen™ system has
been enabled by funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC),
an arm's-length, not-for-profit corporation funded by the Government of Canada
that helps commercialize Canadian clean technologies, readying them for growth
and export markets.

About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) (TSX: BLD) 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 and commercialization 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
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.

Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919,investors@ballard.com ormedia@ballard.com

SOURCE Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Contact:

Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919,investors@ballard.com ormedia@ballard.com