Preface

The members of the Fuel Cell Seminar Organizing Committee welcome you to the 1996 Fuel Cell Seminar.

This year's meeting highlights the fact that fuel cells for both stationary and transportation applications have reached "The Dawn of Commercialization". Sales of stationary fuel cells have experienced steady growth over the past two years. Phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) buses have been demonstrated in a number of urban areas. Proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells are on the verge of revolutionizing the transportation industry, as demonstrated by Ballard's PEMFC buses, the Daimler-Benz NECARII, the Energy Partners' Gator, and the frenzy of activity in the U.S., Europe, and Japan on development of fuel cell vehicles. These activities and many more will be discussed during the three-day seminar.

This seminar will provide a forum for the exchange of information among people from the international fuel cell community who are engaged in a wide spectrum of fuel cell activities. Discussions addressing research and development of fuel cell technologies, manufacturing and marketing of fuel cells, and experiences of fuel cell users will take place through oral and poster presentations. For the first time, the seminar will include commercial exhibits, further evidence that commercial fuel cell technology has arrived. The Fuel Cell Seminar Organizing Committee invites professionals worldwide, who are concerned about energy and environmental issues, to join the international fuel cell community in welcoming the dawn of fuel cell commercialization at the 1996 Fuel Cell Seminar.

Pandit Patil, Chairman 1996 Fuel Cell Seminar Organizing Committee

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