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Nuvera Fuel Cells Launches Plan for Hydrogen Test Facility.

MILAN, Italy and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, September 8 /PRNewswire/ --

- Company engages RIVOIRA / SIAD Group to expand laboratory plant in Italy for testing hydrogen-based fuel cell systems

Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., an international developer of multi-fuel reforming and proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology, today announced plans to establish a hydrogen test facility with RIVOIRA S.p.A., and the SIAD Group, both of which partner with Praxair, Inc., a leading U.S. multinational in the industrial gas sector. The plan calls for expanding SIAD's facility located in Osio Sopra, (Bergamo) Italy for the purpose of demonstrating hydrogen-based fuel cell systems.

According to the agreement, the new facility will comprise approximately 180 m2 of space and will be dedicated to testing Nuvera's hydrogen products in the 5.5 kW to 25 kW power range, including its H2e(TM) fuel cell power module (for industrial equipment applications), FORZA(TM) power module (for industrial hydrogen recovery applications in the 120 kW size), and Andromeda(TM) fuel cell stack(for automotive applications).

In addition, RIVOIRA/SIAD will supply the hydrogen gas obtained from a new natural gas reforming plant -- with purity up to 99.9995 percent -- to power the fuel cell systems. Nuvera intends to operate multiple test stands in the facility as the company prepares to launch beta trials of its early market hydrogen products.

"We are very excited about this initiative," said Michele Tettamanti, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Nuvera Fuel Cells Europe, Srl. "It is a critical step toward taking our hydrogen products to market. With beta trials of our 5 kW H2e fuel cell power module ready for advanced testing and the recent successes of our automotive fuel cell stacks with Centro Ricerche Fiat, we are well-positioned to advance our technology to the next level of pre-commercialization."

Franco Mazzali, Chief Executive Officer at Rivoira, and Roberto Sestini, Chief Executive Officerat SIAD Group added, "We support with great interest the development of hydrogen-based fuel cell systems. This technology is an important step forward in the development of new applications for industrial gases."

About Nuvera

Nuvera Fuel Cells (http://www.nuvera.com) is a global leader in the development and advancement of multi-fuel processing and fuel cell technology. With offices located in Italy and the USA, Nuvera is committed to advancing the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell power modules for industrial vehicles and equipment and stationary applications by 2006, natural gas fuel cell power systems for cogeneration applications by 2007, and on-board gasoline fuel processors and fuel cell stacks for automotive applications by 2010. Nuvera Fuel Cells Europe is ISO 9001:2000 certified for "Research, Development, Design, Production and Servicing of Fuel Cell Stacks and Fuel Cell Systems."

About RIVOIRA

With annual sales of 174 million euros, RIVOIRA S.p.A. ( http://www.rivoiragas.it) is a leading supplier of atmospheric, process, and specialty gases and related services and technologies. Founded in 1920, Rivoira became a subsidiary of Praxair in 1985. Over the near century of its existence, Rivoira has actively participated in the development of Italian industrial history serving a wide range of industries including food and beverages, healthcare, semiconductors, chemicals, refining, primary metals, and metal fabrication, as well as other areas of general industry. Working to help solve problems for more than 13,000 customers, RIVOIRA operates in the domestic market in collaboration with SIAD, which is also an affiliate of Praxair.

About SIAD

With annual sales of 253 million euros, SIAD S.p.A. (http://www.siad.it), the Societa Italiana Acetilene & Derivati, is a leading provider of industrial, special, and medical gases and related services. Its association with Praxair has enhanced its core strengths, which include the innovation of processes, products, and services. With research laboratories located in Osio Sopra and Dalmine, Bergamo, Italy, SIAD has long been dedicated to the study of developing innovative solutions for the hydrogen storage systems.
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 Nuvera Fuel Cells
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 Fax: +1-617-245-7511
 Cell: +1-508-254-9668
 Email: derby.r@nuvera.com



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Robert Derby of Nuvera Fuel Cells, +1-617-245-7571, derby.r@nuvera.com
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