The Design 2 Service project is a European Union Horizon 2020 project with the objective to simplify service procedures and reduce service effort for fuel cell-based micro-CHP and back-up power systems. Main project targets include

  • improving the system layout such that components can be exchanged more easily;
  • improving and standardising individual components, making them easier to exchange and more durable;
  • improving remote monitoring systems such that failures can be detected more easily and expensive service visits are avoided;
  • creating guidelines for designing easily understandable service manuals that allow non-specialised technicians to perform routine service tasks;
  • Verifying the developments and consolidate knowledge in a dedicated field trial.

A consortium of six European companies and research institutes works jointly on these goals. The project started in August 2015 and will end in November 2019.