16 July 2002 – Hydrogenics Corporation, the Ontario-based developer of commercial proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology announced Monday that it is to supply its test systems to a major European automotive company to support the client’s expanding fuel cell activities. The order totalling $1m includes test systems for fuel cells and combined fuel cell/reformer systems.

Hydrogenics won the order with the assistance of EnKAT GmbH, its wholly-owned subsidiary based in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Hydrogenics acquired EnKAT in April of this year. “This contact highlights the synergies of the EnKAT acquisition as the combined equipment order will be manufactured out of Hydrogenics’ Canadian and German operations,” said the company in its statement.

In April 2002, Hydrogenics unveiled a new generation of test equipment with many advanced features for the optimization and rigorous testing of fuel cells. These systems are particularly well suited for automotive grade testing requirements and comprise some of the equipment selected for this contract.

“We are pleased that our new client has recognized the high standard of quality of Hydrogenics’ test systems,” said Pierre Rivard, President and CEO of Hydrogenics. “Landing a first time FCATS sale is a considerable achievement and we welcome the opportunity to build and support this new client within the framework of our recently acquired European operations. From this accessible central European location we combine our sophisticated fuel cell equipment with strong after-sales technical support for new and existing European customers.”