30.10.02

30.10.2002: Active Power Introduces a New Generator Starting System

Active Power, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACPW - News), of Austin, a developer and manufacturer of battery-free power quality solutions, today announced two complementary products: GenSTART System, a new innovative battery-free starting system that increases starting reliability of up to 8MW of
multiple standby engine generator systems, and GenSTART Module that supplies 1725 cold-cranking amps to the generator set starting motor.
Both products supply engine generators with assured starting power when it"s most critical - at start-up. Now available to end-users, these new products will eliminate the number one reason generator sets fail to start - dead or weak lead-acid batteries.

"The weakest link in the backup power train of all major 7x24
operations, from hospitals to casinos, is the generator set starter battery. With GenSTART, these enormously expensive facilities are no longer dependent on failure-prone batteries. We believe our patented GenSTART products are simply the lowest cost way to improve the electrical reliability of both new and existing 7x24 facilities," said Joe Pinkerton, Chairman and CEO of Active Power.

Each GenSTART Module converts three-phase 480 VAC from an uninterrupted power source to 24 VDC to supply immediate gen set start power. GenSTART System utilizes the highly reliable CleanSource® energy storage flywheel to deliver 250 kW of power to the starting modules for additional reliability of the overall configuration.
Optional battery paralleling capability allows configuration of
redundant DC voltage sources.

ABOUT ACTIVE POWER:

Active Power, Inc. (www.activepower.com) designs, manufactures and markets battery-free power quality products that provide the consistent, reliable electric power required by today"s digital economy. An ISO 9001- certified company, Active Power is the first to commercialize a flywheel energy storage system, CleanSource® that provides a highly reliable, low-cost and non-toxic replacement for
lead-acid batteries used in conventional power quality installations.

Safe Harbor Provision

Any forward looking statements and all other statements that may be made in this news release that are not historical facts are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. Specific risks include delays in new product development, product performance and quality issues and the acceptance of our current and new products by the power quality market. Please refer to Active Power filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more information on the risk factors that could cause actual results
to differ.

CleanSource is a registered trademark of Active Power, Inc.



Contact:

Active Power, Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Jennifer Z. Lozier, 512/744-9461
jlozier@activepower.com
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