Plug Power Honored by National Organizations

Plug Power Inc. has announced that William D. Ernst, Ph.D., and George A. Earle III, recently received recognition by national organizations.

LATHAM, New York – July 2, 2002 [] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored Ernst, Plug Power Vice President and Chief Scientist, with a special recognition award for outstanding technical contributions to the DOE Transportation Fuel Cell Program. It was presented at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation of the DOE Transportation Fuel Cell Program. Ernst is a long-standing member of the National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Development advisory panel. From September 1997 to December 2000 he served as the Principal Investigator of a DOE/Plug Power project to develop an integrated 50 kW automotive fuel cell system. Among his other contributions, he has worked closely with the National Laboratories to facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology to industry. “Dr. Ernst’s leadership and expertise helped the DOE improve the technical quality of the National Labs’ fuel-cell research and development,” said Steve Chalk, Program Manager, Fuel Cells for Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. “He has provided valuable guidance to the DOE, assisting the Department in its efforts to develop fuel cell technology that will help to achieve our national energy and environmental objectives.” George A. Earle III, Plug Power Director of Stationary Product Engineering and Development, was elected President of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council by the Board of Directors at their Annual Spring meeting, held this past May, in Washington, D.C. “George Earle assumes command at an exciting time for the fuel cell industry and for our Council,” said Robert Rose, U.S. Fuel Cell Council Executive Director. “With more than 100 members, the Council represents the collective voice of our industry. As President, George Earle will help direct that voice to express the promise of our technology, and the needs of our industry if fuel cells are to fulfill their promise.” Earle has been an active member of the Council for more than three years. He served as Chair of the Policy Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee for the past two years. Previously, he participated on the Codes and Standards Working Group and Power Generation Working Group. “We are extremely proud of Bill and George’s contributions to these national organizations and of their recent honors,” said Roger Saillant, Plug Power President and CEO. “Their achievements underscore the strength and vision of our management team, and contributions like these make it possible for the industry to expand the frontiers of fuel cell technology.”