Plug Power Acquires American Fuel Cell (AFC); Research and Development Capabilities Expand in On-Road Applications Including Delivery Vehicle Fleets


As global adoption of electric fleet vehicles accelerates in the pursuit of cleaner solutions, Plug Power will continue innovating with speed due to specialized R&D teams such as AFC

LATHAM, N.Y., June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leading provider of energy solutions that change the way the world moves, today announced the acquisition of American Fuel Cell, a premier developer of  Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) technology, the key catalyst for fuel cells to create power. With this acquisition Plug Power gains innovative, leading edge MEA design capability coupled with specialized system knowledge for on-road applications. This acquisition accelerates the company’s expansion into the on-road industry, inclusive of delivery vehicle fleets that are increasingly utilizing fuel cell or electric powertrains. Frost & Sullivan, the research firm, recently forecasted the electric truck market (global light, medium, and heavy-duty hybrid) to be on track to achieve annual sales of 2.25M units by 2025. With the global push for cleaner solutions for transportation of goods and passengers, and targets for reduced emissions looming in the near future, solutions such as fuel cell powertrains will continue to grow in popularity, requiring extensive innovation in order to ensure that fuel cell technology capabilities continue to lead the market.

Fuel cells provide a unique opportunity to generate clean, efficient electricity coupled with high power density, extended range, and market-leading uptime due to rapid refueling. American Fuel Cell’s highly skilled team of specialists, based in Rochester, NY, apply their years of experience from past positions at General Motors to drive system optimization and MEA development, especially as it relates to on-road applications. The acquisition, although not financially material, expands Plug Power’s knowledge and technology base in this key sector.

"Joining Plug Power enables us to rapidly expand not only our research, development, and manufacturing efforts, but also provide a significant impact in the application of our commercially viable, innovative system solutions to product in the field,” said Daniel O’Connell, CEO, American Fuel Cell. "Plug Power is not only a known innovator with a long-standing commitment to R&D, but the company also has incredible traction with large organizations seeking to identify and capitalize on creating efficiencies in their supply chain. We’re excited to double-down on our product innovation, as well as see first-hand the immediate benefit companies worldwide can derive from the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology as part of their efficiency and clean energy efforts.”

Through this acquisition Plug Power will immediately have a facility in Rochester, NY, located in the Eastman Business Park, with all staff of AFC becoming Plug Power employees. This new office represents an expansion of Plug Power’s operations in its home state of New York, a presence that will continue to grow through 2018 and beyond. With this new facility, Plug Power plans to create more job opportunities for the people of Rochester, NY and appreciates the continued support of the state in all its endeavors.

“Each day, we see the role that fuel cells are playing in the increasingly electrified world evolve in a positive direction. At Plug Power we see demand increasing each month, and given our rich R&D legacy, we’re always looking for new technologies and teams that can help to grow our business and remain at the forefront of emerging fuel cell technology,” said Andy Marsh, CEO, Plug Power. “The American Fuel Cell team is an unmatched group of bright thinkers who understand the potential of fuel cells in on-road applications. We’re looking forward to working together to create a cleaner, more efficient future as on-road applications grow, and electric fleet vehicles increasingly become the norm.”  

About Plug Power Inc.   
The architect of modern hydrogen and fuel cell technology, Plug Power is the innovator that has taken hydrogen and fuel cell technology from concept to commercialization. Plug Power has revolutionized the material handling industry with its full-service GenKey solution, which is designed to increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints in a reliable, cost-effective way. The Company’s GenKey solution couples together all the necessary elements to power, fuel and serve a customer. With proven hydrogen and fuel cell products, Plug Power replaces lead acid batteries to power electric industrial vehicles, such as the lift trucks customers use in their distribution centers.  

Extending its reach into the on-road electric vehicle market, Plug Power’s ProGen platform of modular fuel cell engines empowers OEMs and system integrators to rapidly adopt hydrogen fuel cell technology. ProGen engines are proven today, with thousands in service, supporting some of the most rugged operations in the world. Plug Power is the partner that customers trust to take their businesses into the future. Learn more at

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