August 23, 2004

BC technology forms integral part of mobile hydrogen fueling station in Japan

QuestAir Technologies' H-3200 hydrogen purifier has been installed by Babcock Hitachi at the Oume hydrogen station in suburban Tokyo, the world's first mobile hydrogen fueling station that produces hydrogen from natural gas. The station will provide hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles in a number of locations and is the second Japanese hydrogen fueling station to install QuestAir's hydrogen purification technology.

The Oume station is one of ten hydrogen stations constructed as part a multi-year fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen infrastructure demonstration project directed by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The station is being operated by the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan ("ENAA") and provides hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles supplied by manufacturers including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Suzuki.

The trailer-mounted fueling station is comprised of several sub-systems, including hydrogen generation, purification, compression and storage. The hydrogen is produced from natural gas using reforming technology from Babcock Hitachi, which also integrated the overall system. QuestAir's H-3200 then purifies the hydrogen, which is subsequently compressed and stored. QuestAir supplied its H-3200 through a supply and distribution agreement it signed with Iwatani International Corporation in December 2003.

QuestAir's H-3200 purifies hydrogen-containing gas streams to high purity hydrogen for use in industrial processes, hydrogen fueling stations and stationary fuel cell power plants. The company's proprietary fast-cycle pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology enables developers of fuel cell systems to increase the efficiency of their products, and offers a compact, cost-effective means of gas purification to industrial customers and developers of hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Based in Burnaby, BC, QuestAir is a private company whose shareholders and strategic partners include Shell Hydrogen, Ballard Power Systems and The BOC Group.

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