February 20, 2024

Vancouver, B.C., February 20, 2024 Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST  HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) is partnering with Wales &  West Utilities (WWU), Protium Green Solutions (Protium), and Hyppo Hydrogen Solutions (Hyppo) to build  a functional ecosystem, using a redeployable refueller and delivered green hydrogen, to provide the flexibility  and speed during the current vehicle trial. This “ready to go” resource allows First Hydrogen’s hydrogen 

powered-fuel-cell vehicle (FCEV) to deliver normal operations, a crucial step in the rollout of FCEVs in future. In addition to exploring the FCEV’s suitability for WWU’s requirements, the trial also aims to provide a  blueprint that could be replicated in other locations, or to transition trials to full adoption. 

Currently, one of the main barriers to the adoption of hydrogen is the availability of both hydrogen itself and  refuelling infrastructure in suitable locations. This trial uses hydrogen produced at Protium’s Pioneer 1  facility, one of the first hydrogen production facilities in the UK, and Hyppo’s Fuel Cell Systems HyQube  redeployable refueller infrastructure. This provides the flexibility and rapid deployment to bring trials online  quickly. 

“We believe that implementing a rapid trial approach to scaled adoption offers the best approach for fleet  operators to decarbonise with hydrogen,” comments Protium’s Chief Operating Officer Jon Constable.  “Working in partnership to create a local ecosystem reduces risk and lays the foundation for a robust value  chain.” 

“Hyppo is helping build a hydrogen ecosystem in the Swansea Bay City region and is already working with  partners such as Bay Studios, Swansea University, University of South Wales, Protium and Fuel Cell  Systems,” adds Hyppo Hydrogen Solutions CEO Chris Foxall. “It’s great to be able to offer out our service  and capabilities to forward thinking companies like Wales & West Utilities and First Hydrogen which will  accelerate the hydrogen economy in the area”. 

According to Skyquest’s latest research report, the global Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle market size is expected  to reach USD $132.63 billion by 2031 and exhibit a CAGR of 68.52% in the forecast period (2024−2031).  The government incentives, environmental regulations, rising demand for clean energy, increasing awareness  of climate change, advancements in hydrogen fuel cell technology, expanding hydrogen refueling  infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, automakers’ focus on  sustainability, and global efforts to transition to clean transportation is fueling the market’s growth. 

Steve Gill, Executive Director Automotive at First Hydrogen, says: “This trial shows fleet operators that  hydrogen is a viable zero emission solution for them, even if they don’t have access to fixed refuelling  infrastructure. Working with partners, we can offer fleet operators a full hydrogen-as-a-service solution. In  South Wales the solution is a hydrogen vehicle ecosystem – we have provided a vehicle for Wales & West  Utilities to use, it is fuelled by Protium’s green hydrogen, which is delivered through Hyppo Hydrogen  Solutions’ refuelling technology.”  

The initiative delivers more than deployment of technology; it is also a strategy to build public confidence in  hydrogen as a safe and valuable regional asset. With the Welsh Government’s proactive stance on hydrogen  in decarbonisation, this trial highlights Wales’s leadership in the UK’s hydrogen adoption efforts.

“We’re eagerly awaiting the data and learnings from the trial, particularly as it takes place during WWU’s  most operationally challenging period of the year,” comments Stephen Offley, Transport Manager at Wales  & West Utilities. “This information will be invaluable in refining the deployment and use of hydrogen in fleet  operations.” 

About First Hydrogen Corp. ( 

First Hydrogen Corp. is a Vancouver, Montreal and London UK-based company focused on zero-emission  vehicles, green hydrogen production and distribution. The Company has designed and built hydrogen-fuel cell-powered light commercial vehicles (“FCEV”) in partnership with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power  Systems Inc. The FCEV has a range of 630+ kilometres. These vehicles are being trialled with fleet operators  in the United Kingdom. First Hydrogen is also developing a 35MW green hydrogen production facility and  vehicle assembly factory in Shawinigan, Quebec. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of  


“Balraj Mann”  

Chairman & Group CEO 


Balraj Mann  

First Hydrogen Corp. 


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The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of First Hydrogen as of the date of this news release and,  accordingly, is subject to change after such date. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon  this information as of any other date. First Hydrogen undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that  management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. 


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