Help Design Our Next-Generation Solid Oxide Fuel CellBlind

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Adaptive Energy is a manufacturer of low-watt solid oxide fuel cell systems for backup and offgrid power. Our P250i system is typically mounted inside a cabinet and is seen by very few customers in person, though it’s promoted online and in distributor showrooms. With the upcoming launch of the fourth generation P250i, we have an opportunity for a minor update of physical branding elements.


Create a look / feel for the Gen 4 P250i that meets agreed-upon criteria and maintains cost efficiencies. The specific output will be design elements for the physical product, with an opportunity for us to have two rounds of revisions.


1. Design Criteria

Design for the P250i should:

Look great on the website, in product spec sheets and on a distributor showroom floor with a look / feel that’s
Age well and look as good on day 1 as on day 365 of year 10.
Reinforce how we want customers to feel about Adaptive Energy, which is that we provide peace of mind with our reliable, highly durable power products.
Distinguish our products from other popular backup sources such that the P250i is perceived as undoubtedly in a class by itself.
Convey key information:
Manufacturer: Adaptive Energy, LLC
Product line: Performer Series
Product name: P250i
Contact info
Be easily manufacturable at a scale of 500 units at a time (for example screen or pad printing would be acceptable, decals would not be acceptable).
Account for features on the system including:
Fuel Reset
Fuel inlet
8-60V output indicator beside the main power leads
Not interfere with features such as:
Intake warnings (that is, the design can’t block intake warnings on the intakes)

2. Product Information

Dimensions: 13”H x 17”L x 7”W
The unit might shrink in width and height by half an inch.
Weight: 19 lbs
Operating Temps: -40 oC - 50 oC
Will share product photos.

3. Examples of Competitive Systems

What most of these systems have in common is that they are installed inside enclosures and are not viewed multiple times per day, week or month. In some cases, only a few people ever see the product and that’s only when there’s a problem and a maintainer has to visit the site to fix something.

Cummins Onan
Plug Power
WATT Imperium

Dimensions: 13”H x 17”L x 7”W
The unit might shrink in width and height by half an inch.
Weight: 19 lbs
Operating Temps: -40 oC - 50 oC
Will attach product photos that show:

- CAD renderings of the Gen4 unit
- artwork to show content and placement of buttons / labels for the Gen3 unit; we don't have this for the Gen4 unit yet.
Ask for Sample:
Please provide a sample, and we'll choose the design that best meets our needs.
Company Logo:
  1. Renderings in any format (PDF, etc.)


= Buyer's Rating
#7 Case concept design v1 by david.thue
Apr 18, 2021 21:14
#23 ADAPTIVE ONE by spacedeveloper
Apr 24, 2021 13:41
#18 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell by Shibashish Saha
Apr 23, 2021 13:43
#17 desert-cell by P3N
Apr 22, 2021 18:27
#16 turn animation by david.thue
Apr 22, 2021 17:57
#14 Gen 4 Concept by amiralavi
Apr 22, 2021 13:40
#10 energy-cell by P3N
Apr 20, 2021 6:21


Mon, 03 May 2021 20:38:45 +0000
Here is feedback on your design that we would like to see you incorporate:

- We will powder coat the front panel a light gray; the outside shroud (top, left, right) will be a black powder coat. You can refer to the brand style guide for colors.
- We will add silk screen or digital print to the front and back, in a design we'd like to discuss with you.
- We prefer a prominent logo placement on the right side of the shroud; I can send an image illustrating what we like.
- We liked the fade you did with the honeycomb from the front to the right and would like to see something that keeps that honeycomb only, instead of the honeycomb plus triangle.
- Remove the icon to the left of "P250i" -- we aren't using that icon anymore.
- Add "Performer Series P250i Power System" where it currently says "P250i".
- In the updated CAD I'll send you tomorrow, you'll see that there's a new fuel reset button.
- We may add a handle to the system; we haven't decided where yet.

Thank you again for your design and please let me know your availability for a call this week with my engineering team and CAD designer.

Thank you!

Warm regards,

Jen Kay
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:51:01 +0000
Hi @P3N, the product will mount inside a cabinet using mounting feet and rails. It probably won't have a handle, since it's so lightweight (19 pounds), but we're still soliciting customer feedback on whether that would be a valuable product benefit. If you have ideas on where it could go, definitely include that in your design.
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:49:54 +0000
Hi @stanislavp: The GEN3 files show what we need as a base for GEN4. We will need to have the text from GEN3 included on the GEN4, which is more informational (i.e. FAN INTAKE DO NOT BLOCK). However, the design of the intake does not have to match the GEN3 exactly. We will need a grate of some kind to allow intake are into our system, but the design of that intake does not have to exactly match the GEN3.
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:08:48 +0000
Interesting project! I am inn :)



Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:57:03 +0000
How do you plan to mount this module, and what about handles ? Provided Gen4 3D renders doesn't show mounting plates.



Wed, 14 Apr 2021 06:42:01 +0000
Hi, Jen! I hope you excuse my persistence but there are some substantial difference in how the restyled product will be looked if we will take as rules the Gen4 render set or Gen3 face/backplates drawings. A simple hexagonal perforation pattern without any additional intake/exhaust elements were used in Gen3, but in Gen4 there are vent grates, possibly to filter an incoming air to prevent dust penetretation inside the case. So this is still not clear what's the target appearance. Would you please clarify?
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:58:08 +0000

Please see the attachments for defined dimensions of face/backplate elements.

Thank you,




Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:24:51 +0000
Thank you for an interesting task. It will be useful to have exactly defined dimensions for all faceplate/backplates elements. Is it possible to get Gen4 panels drawings to be able to offer the most accurate and appropriate design?
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:49:44 +0000

Thank you for your interest in this project. Here are answers to the questions:

- The design objective is to give the latest generation product a more distinctive look
- Yes, the design should match the provided faceplate and backplate. The positioning of various elements (for example, the front intake fan) will not change.
- This is an aluminum system; plastic is not acceptable.
- The system has been engineered and is ready to go into production -- we don't need a product prototype, just the design.

Please see a new Design Brief in the attachments, which gives more detail and a color palette.

Thank you for your questions. Please send more if you have them!
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 08:10:48 +0000
Please let us know about the objective of the design...
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 07:40:04 +0000
Do you want it to match with the provided faceplate and backplate provided?
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 05:17:17 +0000
Could you please make the objective of design more defined and elaborated ?? Do need the design to match up with as provided in the pdf or a completely new design to meet up with the dimensional criterion ??
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 00:01:00 +0000
So Basically design the enclosure?
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:46:25 +0000
Thank you for the opportunity. Do you prefer a full steel case or is plastic acceptable?
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:56:41 +0000
Just to be clear you would like a working prototype. Is that the case?

Design And More


Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:06:21 +0000
Great industrial product. Nice project to work on. Thanks for your contest.

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