Hitachi to Take Part in Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Joint Evaluation in the U.K. with CPI and Hitachi High-Technologies

Tokyo, February 24, 2009 – The Centre for Process Innovation Ltd. (“CPI”), Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT / TSE:6501, “Hitachi”) and Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TSE:8036, “Hitachi High-Technologies”) have agreed to begin a joint evaluation aimed at developing applications for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) and creating a viable business in the U.K. Specifically, the three companies will jointly conduct field studies to assess the power generation performance and economic efficiency of various applications, which will be developed by CPI and powered by Hitachi's prototype 100 W-class portable DMFCs, including remote surveillance cameras and highway signage. The results of these trials will be used to select applications suited to DMFCs for the U.K. and assess the feasibility of a fuel cell business in the U.K.