The project
As part of an Erasmus + project,  the European Union has requested the establishment of a network for education and training using fuel cell heating appliances.The Leonardo da Vinci project entitled "Qualify for the coupled and decentralized energy supply by fuel cell heating appliances in the home automation:The CHP specialist  CHP Future)" has a term of two years and ends on 31.08.2016. and has the support of partners from Spain, Scotland, Italy and Slovenia who are skilled craftsmen and will provide qualified students / trainees in fuel cell technology and appliances.

Fuel cell heating is both innovative and energy-efficient

With the fuel cell heating appliances currently installed comes an innovative technique of energy supply to detached homes on the market. Fuel cell heating systems are the most effective form of combined heat and power (CHP). They have a very high efficiency of over 90% and  much lower CO2 emissions.

Fuel Cells are an important technology and address the issue of energy conservation in all European Countries.

Objectives, results and products

The work program in the project is designed to provide the following results and products.

(1) Education and Training materials will be evaluated

From the existing groups  materials and media for training will be provided to further education colleges for fuel cell heating appliances.These will be discussed and determined at the kick-off workshop. Each partners country will adapt these materials as necessary for their intended market, Training the Trainer activities will take place in Osnabruck, Germany.

Upon completion, the materials - tested and improved - will be available for free download (where legally permissible and possible) through the project website.

(2) Networking in the project countries

Networking will be carried according to the countries size and interest in Fuel Cells Technology. For Germany, a network of four to five locations will be targeted. The partner countries are planning specific networks to their needs.

(3) Teachers are trained, tradesmen are qualified, students / trainees informed

With the project facilities being made available, training will take placve of other trainers, and workshops will also be offered to Students and Tradesmen in the heating Industry. As the networks are developed  more instructors will be created who in turn who can transfer their knowledge to others. During the project training of trainers will have already been implemented. From the 2nd year of the project a target group-specific workshop will be provided every month.

To implement the target groups specific training, the project partners have opted for a blended learning training approach. This gives the individual an opportunity to train anywhere, anytime using the e-learning materials


(4) Download Guidelines for the further Knowledge Transfer

The downloadable handout is designed as a guide for the implementation of education and training  for other European countries. The download handout will be created in English and German. The project partners and network devices can be requested by those who are interested and the European bodies will be informed so that they can provide services when needed. The guidelines must be seen against the background of the items (1) to (3) to be included in training.

The Compelling Case for fuel cell heating appliances

• Resource
-friendly and efficient with an outstanding efficiency
• ecological: CO2 avoided with little effort
• Decentralized local energy management and avoids transmission losses
• Safe: cover the heat demand during power failure (device dependent)
• Quiet: Almost noiseless operation
• Clean: Lowest Emissions
• Convenient: Easy installation and maintenance
• User friendly: Easy control via interface and PC or Laptop
• Innovative: modern, forward-looking technology
   are feasible for many - to produce electricity and heat proportional use of    investments which - precisely considered:

Take the issue of action into their own hands
   create or support

Local employment and income opportunities.


Source: M. Hoppe: fuel cell heating systems - an innovative technology for the future,in Education Practice, 4/2014, p 13