LATHAM, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy products, placed a large production order for Air Squared Mfg., Inc. scroll compressors to be used in the GenDrive® product suite. Air Squared has supplied compressors to Plug Power since 2006. Their compressors will be operational in over 2,000 GenDrive systems deployed with material handling customers across North America by years end. Plug Power was the first fuel cell company to partner with the Broomfield, CO-based company.
Air Squared scroll compressors are used to direct air to the GenDrive fuel cell stack. Scroll compressors are inherently more efficient and reliable, consisting of only two primary moving parts, allowing for a small and compact design. They are also oil-free, meeting the requirements set by Plug Power for clean compressed air without impurities. Air Squared is also using scroll technology to develop efficient hydrogen recirculation pumps for fuel cell applications.
"As one of our major customers, Plug Power has played a large part in our rapid growth over the last two years," said Robert Shaffer, President of Air Squared. "Plug Power has helped provide the base business we needed to bring machining in-house, resulting in large-scale price reductions and a vast improvement in quality."
"Air Squared is a key supplier with unique capabilities and we are pleased to extend this long term relationship," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power.
About Plug Power Inc.
The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power revolutionized the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power's key accounts, including Wegmans, Whole Foods, and FedEx Freight. With more than 1,200 GenDrive units shipped to material handling customers, accumulating over 5 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.
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About Air Squared Manufacturing, Inc.
Air Squared Manufacturing, Inc. is the industry leader in oil-free scroll design and manufacturing. By introducing a simple design with fewer moving parts, scroll technology has established itself as a highly efficient, very reliable, cost-effective alternative. Through a growing line of compressor, vacuum pumps, and expanders, Air Squared makes the many advantages of oil-free scroll technology available to OEMs worldwide. More information on Air Squared Mfg., Inc. is available at http://airsquared.com.
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