The authors of this edition of the Fuel Cell Handbook acknowledge the cooperation of the fuel cell community for their contributions to this Handbook. Many colleagues provided data, information, references, valuable suggestions, and constructive comments that were incorporated into the Handbook. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals: C. Read and J. Thijssen of Arthur D. Little, Inc., M. Krumpelt, J. Ralph, S. Ahmed and R. Kumar of ANL, D. Harris of Ballard Power Systems, H. Maru of Fuel Cell Energy, H. Heady and J. Staniunas of International Fuel Cells Corporation, J. Pierre of Siemens Westinghouse and J. O'Sullivan.

C. Hitchings, SAIC, provided technical editing and final layout of the Handbook.

The authors wish to thank Dr. Mark C. Williams of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, for his support and encouragement, and for providing the opportunity to write this Handbook.

This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, under Contract DE-AM26-99FT40575.

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