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Home Hydrogen Refueling Technology Advances with the Introduction of
Honda's Experimental Home Energy Station

TORRANCE, Calif, U.S.A., November 14, 2005 --- Further advancing its
vision of a gasoline- and emissions-free transportation future, Honda
R&D Americas, Inc., in conjunction with technology partner Plug Power
Inc., introduced the Home Energy Station, which provides heat and
electricity for the home as well as fuel for a hydrogen-powered fuel
cell vehicle. This third generation unit, located at the company's
North American headquarters in Torrance, California, is more compact
and efficient than previous Home Energy Station models.

Honda Home Energy Station

Following Honda's strategy to develop intermediate as well as
longer-term alternatives to traditional energy sources like gasoline,
the Home Energy Station uses natural gas as its base energy source. In
keeping with the path established by early generation systems, Home
Energy Station I and Home Energy Station, the Home Energy Station is
designed to work in a home-based refueling environment and is able to
supply a sufficient amount of hydrogen to power a fuel cell vehicle,
such as the Honda FCX, for daily operation while providing electricity
for an average-sized household. A goal of this energy station is to
provide high overall energy efficiency and to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions through the more effective use of natural gas. Home Energy
Station is roughly 30 percent smaller than its predecessor Home Energy
Station with an approximate 25-percent increase in electrical power
output. Overall performance increases with more energy-efficient
operation, increased hydrogen storage and production capacities, and a
faster start-up time of about one minute.

Additionally, hydrogen storage and production capacity are both
improved by about 50 percent with the use of a new, high-performance,
natural gas reformer. The Home Energy Station is also able to function
as a backup power generation system during power outages by using the
hydrogen in the storage tank to power the internal fuel cell, providing
as much as 5 kilowatts of electrical power to the home in normal and
emergency conditions.

"The third generation of Honda's Home Energy Station continues to push
the limits with its innovative technology," said Ben Knight, vice
president of Honda R&D Americas. "The combination of home energy
generation and home refueling offers an attractive alternative to
gasoline and takes us one step closer to a truly viable hydrogen-based
transportation system."

The Home Energy Station will be tested in conjunction with the Honda
FCX, the world's most advanced fuel cell vehicle, at Honda R&D Americas
Torrance, California, headquarters.

About Plug Power
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) is an established leader in the
deployment of clean, reliable, on-site energy products. More than 550
Plug Power fuel cell systems have been delivered to customers worldwide
in commercial, public sector, telecommunications, utility and
uninterruptible power supply markets. For more information on Plug
Power, go to www.plugpower.com.

Related Links

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 Honda Worldwide | Fuel Cell

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