Plug Power

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Plug Power
Industry Industrial Electrical Equipment
Founded 1997
Key people
Andrew Marsh, CEO and George C. McNamee, chairman
Products Fuel cell systems

Plug Power designs and manufactures fuel cell systems that replace conventional batteries in equipment powered by electricity. Indoor forklifts were their first viable market with customers such as BMW, WalMart, Mercedes, Kroger, and Whole Foods. The Plug Power GenDrive system integrates fuel cells manufactured by Ballard Power and incorporates a hydrogen storage system that allows the system to "recharge" in a matter of minutes as opposed to a matter of hours for conventional batteries. The GenDrive unit powers the forklift and occupies the same space that was designed for a conventional battery. Plug Power does not manufacture forklifts, just systems that provide the power in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way than standard batteries.


Plug Power was founded as a joint venture between DTE Energy and Mechanical Technology Inc. in 1997.