This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 671473.
The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Italy, Denmark, Slovenia, Finland, Germany, Switzerland.
Brussels / Mezzolombardo, February 2019 - The Design2Service 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.
SOLIDpower has successfully installed four Bluegen BG-15 micro-CHP systems for field trials, in the frame of D2Service European project, to assess the improved serviceability of this generation of SOFC based co-generators.
The four units have been installed at the facilities of selected customers, having different electrical consumption profiles: an electrical material store, a building materials and furniture warehouse, a small-medium enterprise with an average yearly electrical consumption of 50 MWh and a football field dressing room.
The average operation time and energy production for a system are 9800 h and 11.85 MWh, respectively, so far. The units installed have shown ease of installation and good reliability. Indeed, most of the service operations have been performed by the customers with the remote assistance of Solidpower service personnel. Moreover, the Solidpower remote monitoring tool has allowed to remotely prevent issues and adequately plan the service operations.
The experimental data gathered from these field tests has allowed to assess the overall improvement of Solidpower Bluegen systems reliability and serviceability, showing that some service tasks can be performed by the final customer with relevant savings.