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26 May 2011 | PR 11/62

Nippon Steel presented with Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter

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Mr Osamu Suzuki, Chairman, Suzuki Motor Corporation (centre) presents Mr Akio Mimura, Chairman, Nippon Steel (second right), with Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter

First delivery outside of Suzuki for the Intelligent Energy Powered Scooter at Ceremony in Kita-Kyushu

Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company that was originally a spin-out from Loughborough University, has announced yesterday that the Suzuki Motor Corporation has presented an Intelligent Energy powered Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter to Nippon Steel, the world’s fourth largest steel manufacturer, at a ceremony in Kita-Kysushu, Japan on 17 May.  It is the first time that one of the zero emission fuel cell vehicles, which recently achieved European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA), has been delivered outside the Suzuki Motor Corporation.

The presentation, which took place at Kitakyushu Hydrogen Station in Kita-Kyushu City in the Fukuoka Prefecture, featured speeches from Mr Hiroshi Ogawa (Governor of Fukuoka), Mr. Kenji Kitahashi (Mayor of Kita-Kyushu City), Mr Akio Mimura (Chairman, Nippon Steel), Mr Osamu Suzuki (Chairman, Suzuki Motor Corporation) and was attended by Dr Henri Winand (Chief Executive, Intelligent Energy).

Mr Akio Mimura, Chairman of Nippon Steel, remarked upon being presented with the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter that, “The current situation in Japan tells us more about importance of distributed generation and energy source, and we hope we can contribute to it with the hydrogen generated from our factory.”

Mr Osamu Suzuki, Chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation, said, “We applied fuel cell technology to scooters because Suzuki started its business making motorcycles, but we also would like to seek for further chances to extend this technology to other vehicle applications.”

First exhibited at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009, the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, equipped with the latest version of Intelligent Energy’s unique, air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell system, has recently been awarded WVTA status, making it the world’s first hydrogen vehicle to be approved for production and sale within Europe.

“Japan has made clear its intention to support mass consumer market adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology, which makes our ‘design once, deploy many times’ proprietary technology very attractive to global blue chip companies looking to target these markets,” explained Dr. Henri Winand, Chief Executive, Intelligent Energy. “The delivery today of a Fuel Cell Burgman Scooter to Nippon Steel is both an important milestone for the vehicle, and another historic achievement in our ongoing commercial relationship with the Suzuki Motor Corporation.”

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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