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Proton Energy Systems, Wallingford, Conn., has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Fluid Energy Industrial LLC to distribute Proton Energy equipment to power industry customers across the Southeastern United States. Proton Energy is the world's leading supplier of onsite hydrogen generators utilizing PEM (proton exchange membrane) technology, which creates high purity hydrogen from de- mineralized water and electricity. Proton's HOGEN(r) hydrogen generation utilize PEM technology exclusively. Proton's innovative StableFlow(tm) hydrogen control systems allow power plant customers to dramatically improve the operating efficiency of their electric generating assets.

"Proton Energy Systems is proud to partner with Fluid Energy Industrial, a company adept at understanding and meeting the nuanced requirements of our power industry customers," said Rob Friedland, president and Chief Executive Officer of Proton Energy Systems. "At Proton, we have dedicated ourselves to developing hydrogen generation and control systems that provide superior efficiency, reliability and value, and we are thrilled to expand our reach throughout the Southeastern United States."

Fluid Energy will distribute Proton equipment to power industry customers in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Hydrogen is used to cool the windings of large thermal power plant generators because of hydrogen's high thermal conductivity and low density. Power plants utilizing hydrogen-cooled generators must maintain recommended hydrogen purity and pressure in the generator casing for efficiency, safety, and equipment reliability. Proton Energy Systems' HOGEN onsite hydrogen generation systems are designed to make delivered hydrogen obsolete. Continuous addition of ultra-pure hydrogen, managed automatically by Proton's StableFlow(tm) hydrogen control system to make up for hydrogen seal losses, can optimize hydrogen purity and pressure for best power plant operating performance and uptime.

"Fluid Energy is a distributor of industrial compressed air and gas systems, with a special emphasis on fulfilling the needs of the power generation industry. Our partnership with Proton Energy is a natural extension of our considerable presence in the power generation industry in the US southeast," said Edwin Borkey, general manager of Fluid Energy. "We believe that providing Proton's HOGEN hydrogen generators and StableFlow hydrogen control systems will add even greater value to our power generation customers. Our team of sales engineers and service specialists are located throughout Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina."

Proton Energy Systems has developed numerous partnerships in the past several months throughout the power industry, including a contract from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction to supply HOGEN hydrogen generators for a power plant that provides electricity to Qatalum, the world's largest aluminum smelting plant in Qatar. Proton Energy's commitment to innovation has also been recognized with several recent military projects, including a $2.62 million contract with the U.S. Army's Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to develop a Regenerative Fuel Cell System, and a $1.8 million contract with the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to create an advanced fueling system capable of sustaining a military fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

About Proton Energy Systems

Proton Energy Systems designs and manufactures proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrochemical systems to make hydrogen from water in a zero pollution process producing safe, pure, reliable onsite hydrogen to meet today's global hydrogen requirements. Proton Energy Systems has been developing and manufacturing world-class electrolysis systems since 1996, with more than 1200 units deployed world-wide, on every continent. With a reputation for building robust, reliable, and safe systems, federal, state, and commercial partners repeatedly seek the creative solutions that Proton Energy Systems has proven it is capable of delivering.

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