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Over the past several years, the interest in long run-time applications has grown dramatically. Incidents from the New York blackout to Katrina have uncovered needs that may have previously gone unnoticed. Hydrogen fuel cell designs are emerging as a potential cure all in these long run-time applications. This paper will provide a background on fuel cells; describing some typical applications and the need for additional bridge power. It will then focus on design attributes of lead acid batteries and how Thin Plate Pure Lead batteries ideally match the application needs of fuel cells.