MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, June 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, today announced that it has successfully completed an innovative trial with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) demonstrating the viability of its electrolyzer technology for utility-scale grid stabilization.
During the trial period, the load from a Hydrogenics HySTATTM electrolyzer provided frequency regulation in Ontario by responding to power regulation signals from the IESO on a second-by-second basis. Using an electrolyzer currently installed at Hydrogenics' corporate headquarters, the IESO and Hydrogenics worked together to demonstrate how the hydrogen equipment follows regulation signals in a real-world scenario. In doing so, Hydrogenics demonstrated better balancing of electrical supply and demand while alleviating local transmission constraints.
"We are very interested in seeing new technologies enter the market to provide services that have traditionally only been available from a limited number of sources," said Bruce Campbell, Vice President, Resource Integration for the IESO. "Hydrogenics' ability to provide regulation services demonstrates the success of finding new ways to balance supply and demand on a second by second basis."
"We are very pleased to have showcased the smart energy grid capability of utility-scale hydrogen technology, which can and will be used for both grid stabilization and energy storage. We will now apply these learnings towards the development of megawatt-scale energy storage applications," said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO.
Hydrogenics Corporation ( www.hydrogenics.com ) is a globally recognized developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has operations in North America and Europe.
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