Publication date: 2005 reprint of 2003 original. Condition: Good. The cover is in very good condition apart from scuffs at the corners and a little edge wear. Internally the previous owner has added a couple of marginal notes in ink, and on about a dozen he has made small corrections to the text in red ink (eg changing the sign of a term in an equation or changing the units of a measurement - such as from m to mm or changing "lower flammability limit" to "higher flammability limit"). The original term can usually be determined beneath the correction. The double page 392-396 (part of the appendices) is loose, although all other pages are present and seem firmly fixed. Apart from these issues, the rest of the book seems in very good condition - clean and tight. Content: Building on the success of the first edition Fuel Cell Systems Explained presents a balanced introduction to this growing area. "In summary, an altogether satisfying book that puts within its covers the academic tools necessary for explaining fuel cell systems on a multidisciplinary basis." Power Engineering Journal "An excellent book .well written and produced." Journal of Power and Energy Fully revised and updated, the second edition: Provides an essential guide to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems. Includes full and updated coverage of fuel processing and hydrogen generation and storage systems. Presents a full and clear explanation of the operation of all the major fuel cell types, and an introduction to possible future technology, such as biological fuel cells Features a new chapter on the direct methanol fuel cell. Now includes examples of the modelling, design and engineering of real fuel cell systems. A clear overview of fuel cell operation and thermodynamics Coverage of the complete fuel cell system including compressors, turbines, and the electrical and electronic sub-systems such as regulators, inverters, grid inter-ties, electric motors, and hybrid fuel cell/battery systems. Assuming no prior knowledge of fuel cell chemistry, this reference comprehensively brings together all of the key topics encompassed by this diverse field. Practitioners, researchers and students in electrical, power, chemical and automotive engineering will continue to benefit from this essential guide to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems. Fuel cell technology is developing at a rapid pace, thanks to the increasing awareness of the need for pollution-free power sources. Moreover, new developments in catalysts and improved reliability have made fuel cells viable candidates in a broad range of applications, from small power stations, to cars, laptop computers and mobile phones.