19.11.2002: Meldung: Plug Power and Connected Energy Announce Agreement (engl.)

Plug Power and Connected Energy Announce Agreement
Monday November 18, 9:23 am ET

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 18 -- Connected Energy Corp. and Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG - News) have signed an agreement to provide Plug Power customers with a web-based system for centrally managing Plug Power GenSys(TM) fuel cells.

With Connected Energy"s Central Operating Management System (COMSYS(TM)), users only need an Internet Explorer browser on their PC to have the ability to securely monitor operations, access data history, receive alarm notifications, produce reports, and dispatch GenSys(TM) fuel cells anywhere at any time. The system can also integrate site-specific meters and sensors, as well as other equipment such as chillers and boilers. The data from the disparate sources are transformed into a standardized XML data set and transmitted securely over the Internet encapsulated in a Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunnel.

Service personnel, upon pager or email notification, can begin diagnosing a situation 24x7 at work, at home, or on the road. The expertise of the Plug Power organization can be more effectively leveraged across a wide range of customer sites.

The GenSys(TM)5C, a fuel cell system based on Plug Power"s patented combined heat and power (CHP) technology, captures the heat generated during the production of electricity and makes it available for integration into a heating or hot water system. The system is capable of generating 5kW of electricity and 9kW of heat.

Scott Wilshire, Director Marketing Engagement, commented: "We are pleased to work with Connected Energy to provide the COMSYS(TM) solution to our customers. It provides an intuitive, web-based interface to unmanned sites. It is one of the key elements to enable widespread distributed generation and combined heat and power implementations."

Christopher Campbell, Connected Energy Corp. President and CEO states: "COMSYS(TM) originated in 1998 to solve the problem of monitoring, controlling, servicing, and billing across a large number of unmanned sites located anywhere in the world. We are excited about working with OEMs such as Plug Power to provide this capability to mutual customers. Adoption by industry leaders such as Plug will help lead to an additional goal -- an open and common XML- based protocol to enable the Plug and Play of distributed resources."

Plug Power designs, develops and manufactures on-site electric power generation systems utilizing Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells for stationary applications. Plug Power"s fuel cell systems are expected to be sold globally through a joint venture with General Electric and through DTE Energy Technologies in a four-state territory, which includes Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. The Company"s headquarters are located in Latham, N.Y., with offices in Washington, D.C. and The Netherlands.

Connected Energy Corp. provides solutions to manage distributed utilities, including onsite power generation and cogeneration, as well as enabling a remote management system for other "utilities" including compressed air, steam and chilled water. Its customers are developing, testing, managing, owning, renting, servicing, and/or operating energy assets-and include Energy Service Providers, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Rental companies, Distributors, and the Government.

Source: Connected Energy Corp.; Plug Power Inc.
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