ASTRIS ENERGI DELIVERS FIRST E8 FUEL CELL GENERATOR TO
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 18, 2005 -- Astris Energi Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board -
ASRNF) , the world's leading alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology company, announced today that it has
delivered and completed the customer training on the first Model E8 Portable Power Generator covered by its
value added reseller (VAR) agreement signed in May 2004 with Alternate Energy Corporation ("AEC", OTC
Bulletin Board - ARGY).
The E8 Generator is the latest in a series of Astris power generators driven by Astris' AFC technology.
Nominally rated at 2.4kW and providing 48 VDC power at 50 amperes of current, the E8 is targeted at
stationary applications such as uninterrupted power supply, backup applications for commercial and military
users, and emergency site power. Its electrical efficiency is greater than 50%, a figure unequalled by any other
device in its class, and several times higher than the efficiency of conventional gas generators. The E8 Generator
contains two 1200W fuel cell stacks and is the first generator powered by Astris' POWERSTACK MC250
fuel cell modules.
Plans are underway to couple Astris' E8 Generator with AEC's hydrogen technology that produces hydrogen gas
on demand. AEC utilizes readily-available, bio-compatible elements that produce hydrogen with a purity rating of
99.9% - with only water and oxygen as by-products. The resulting fuel cell power pack will be reliable,
economical, and environmentally friendly. The combined AEC-Astris power pack is aimed at the expanding
markets for high-quality, clean power on an uninterrupted basis. These markets include stationary industrial and
residential back-up applications in data centres, telecommunications installations, hospitals, construction sites,
emergency power support, and recreational segments.
Jiri K. Nor, Astris Energi's President and C.E.O. said: "Our AFC technology is ideally suited to the stationary
and portable po