Astris Energi To Exhibit At Premier European Event

Astris Energi Inc. announced today that it will be participating in the world's largest, international group exhibit of hydrogen production and fuel cell companies at Hannover Fair 2005

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2005
Astris Energi To Exhibit At Premier European Event

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, March 23, 2005 - Astris Energi Inc. (OTCBB: ASRNF), the world's leading alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology company, announced today that it will be participating in the world's largest, international group exhibit of hydrogen production and fuel cell companies at Hannover Fair 2005 on April 11-15 in Hannover, Germany. The exhibition is part of the annual Hannover Fair that is the world's leading showcase for industrial technology (

The Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells will include more than 90 exhibitors from 20 countries including the EU countries, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, the USA, Taiwan, Russia, and Canada ( Also running concurrently is an international conference whose theme is "Hydrogen + Fuel Cells on their way to commercialization.'' Russian President Wladimir Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder will open the event. More than 30,000 energy professionals are expected to attend the exhibit.

Astris will be displaying its complete line of alkaline fuel cells, fuel cell systems and test equipment including the quiet, emission-free Model E8 Portable Generator that is targeted for applications such as backup power supplies, emergency site power and portable worksite power. Astris will also be demonstrating the Freedom Golf Car powered by Astris' AFC Generator that was developed as a direct replacement for existing traction batteries in mobile applications such as forklifts, neighbourhood electric vehicles, and golf cars.

"The Hannover Fair is the premiere event for us to attend in Europe and presents us with a targeted opportunity to display our products to an international audience of manufacturers, government sponsors, and investors,'' said Jiri K. Nor, President and CEO. "This will be the first time we have a display at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells pavilion where we will be actively seeking prospective business partners from around the world.''

About Astris Energi Inc.

Astris is a late-stage development company committed to becoming the leading provider of affordable fuel cells and fuel cell generators internationally. Over the past 21 years, more than $17 million has been spent to develop Astris' alkaline fuel cell for commercial applications. Astris is commencing pilot production of its POWERSTACK(tm) MC250 technology in 2005. Astris is the only publicly traded company in North America focused exclusively on the alkaline fuel cell. Additional information is also available at the company's website at

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