12.12.02

12.12.2002. Meldung: Stuart Energy and Hamilton Sundstrand unveil prototype (engl.)

Stuart Energy Systems Corporation and Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International, Inc., a business unit of United Technologies Corp. today unveiled a jointly developed prototype hydrogen fueling system at the Electric Transportation Industry conference in Florida. The system uses water and electricity to produce pure
hydrogen for vehicle fueling and power applications.

"This automobile hydrogen generation system is a prototype for future refueling stations required throughout the world to accommodate the automotive refueling infrastructure," said Lawrence McNamara, general manager of Hamilton"s Space Systems International enterprise. "Hamilton Sundstrand has more than 150 million cell hours of experience with PEM electrolysis and is the world leader in the military, space and laboratory segments," McNamara said. "Stuart Energy and Hamilton Sundstrand"s aim is to produce hydrogen utilizing renewable resources and demonstrate 100% pollution-free transportation," he added.

The prototype hydrogen fueling system is based on Hamilton Sundstrand"s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology, which Stuart Energy integrated into a fully packaged system. The hydrogen fueling system incorporates the same PEM-cell stack technology that will be utilized by NASA for oxygen generation on the International Space Station. The system is based on a modular build strategy and includes an integrated hydrogen dispenser, compact design and newly developed packaging. The prototype is designed to deliver 1/2 kg of high-purity hydrogen per hour at 5,000 psi. Possible applications for this technology include distributed power, small industrial systems and transportation.

Jon Slangerup, President and CEO of Stuart Energy, commented, "Each partner has contributed their strengths and expertise to rapidly develop and deliver this exciting prototype. We used our core competency of systems integration to package a highly reliable Hamilton Sundstrand PEM-cell stack into an efficiently configured and packaged system. This is a critical first step in developing our PEM- based product line and we look forward to working with Hamilton Sundstrand to explore near-term market opportunities for this technology."

Through the partnership, Stuart Energy is believed to be the only hydrogen infrastructure company with access to both alkaline-based and PEM- based technologies, the two leading electrolyser technologies in hydrogen generation systems. Both companies are exploring the market potential for these technologies, and Stuart Energy sees a place for both alkaline and PEM- based electrolysis.

In September 2002, Stuart Energy and Hamilton Sundstrand announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop PEM-based hydrogen generation products for vehicle fueling, power generation and industrial uses.

About Hamilton Sundstrand

Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies (NYSE: UTX - News), is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Among the largest global suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs and manufactures aerospace systems for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft, and is a major supplier for international space programs. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the building services and aerospace industries.

About Stuart Energy

Stuart Energy Systems Corporation (TSX: HHO - News) is a world leading developer and supplier of integrated hydrogen solutions that use the Company"s proprietary hydrogen generation water electrolysis technology with products from corporate partners to serve existing and emerging markets for power generation, transportation and industry. The Company"s website address is http:// www.stuartenergy.com

This release includes forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and reflect management"s current expectations as contemplated under the Safe Harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Some of these factors include: general global economic conditions; general industry and market conditions and growth rates; uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will yield the expected benefits; increasing competition; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify, develop and achieve commercial success for new products, services and technologies; the level of expenditures necessary to maintain or improve the quality of products and services; changes in technology; changes in laws and regulations, including codes and standards, intellectual property rights, and tax matters; the uncertainties of the emerging hydrogen economy, including the hydrogen economy growing at a slower pace than is anticipated; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships; and the availability of, and ability to retain, key personnel. Additional factors are discussed in our materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities from time to time. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward- looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Contact:
Stuart Energy Systems
5101 Orbitor Drive
Mississauga, Ontario
L4W 4V1 Canada
Phone: (905) 282-7700
Fax: (905) 282-7701
info@stuartenergy.com
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