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Ballard Achieves Record Production Of Telecom Backup Power Systems At Tijuana Facility



Ballard Achieves Record Production Of Telecom Backup Power Systems At Tijuana
                                   Facility

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, April 2, 2013

VANCOUVER, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:
BLDP)(TSX: BLD) has announced that the Company's production facility in
Tijuana, Mexico manufactured 215 ElectraGen^TM-ME systems in Q1 2013,
establishing a new record high production level at the plant.

The 37,000 square foot Tijuana facility was established in 2007. Ballard
assumed management in January, 2013 as part of the agreement previously
announced last August under which the Company acquired key assets from IdaTech
LLC. Located in a local business park, the production facility currently
employs approximately 65 highly skilled Mexican contract workers.

David Whyte, Ballard's Director of Operations said, "We have been working
diligently for the past several months to complete the integration of the
Tijuana manufacturing facility into our corporate operations. The record Q1
production level reflects the growing demand for fuel cell backup power
systems and we believe that we have the potential to ramp up to 900
ElectraGen^TM-ME systems per quarter at the plant."

The Tijuana facility is certified under ISO 9001 'Quality Management Systems',
consistent with Ballard's ongoing focus on stringent quality standards.

ElectraGen^TM-ME systems incorporate a fuel reformer to extract hydrogen from
HydroPlus^TM, a mixture of methanol and water available from accredited
suppliers around the world. The hydrogen is then used as feedstock for the
fuel cells. Methanol is a readily available fuel around the globe, making
ElectraGen^TM-ME a practical solution for telecom backup power needs, even in
remote locations.

Ballard's portfolio of highly reliable fuel cell power generation systems
provides more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions for short
duration runtime and extended duration runtime telecom backup power
applications than the alternatives of lead-acid batteries and diesel
generators.

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 regarding product development
activities and projected outcomes, which are provided to enable external
stakeholders to understand Ballard's expectations as at the date of this
release and may not be appropriate for other purposes.  These forward-looking
statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of Ballard's management
and 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. Such assumptions relate to Ballard's
financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development
efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand, and include matters such
as generating new sales, producing, delivering and selling the expected number
of units, and controlling its costs.

These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard's
actual results to be materially different, including, without limitation, the
condition of the global economy, the rate of mass adoption of its products,
product development delays, changing environmental regulations, its ability to
attract and retain business partners and customers, its access to funding,
increased competition, its ability to protect its intellectual property,
changes in its customers' requirements, foreign exchange impacts on its net
monetary assets and its ability to provide the capital required for product
development, operations and marketing. For a detailed discussion of these risk
factors 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, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

SOURCE Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Contact:

Guy McAree, +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com
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