A $2m contract has been awarded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to progress the Hydrogen Education for a Decarbonised Global Economy (H2EDGE) workforce development initiative.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Oregon State University, Purdue University, and the University of Delaware have all benefited from the DOE contract, which aims to develop and grow the emerging hydrogen-focused workforce.
H2EDGE has a dual focus on developing newly trained personnel and enabling the existing labour force to migrate into the hydrogen field through enhanced industry coordination and workforce readiness initiatives.
The project is funded through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, with additional cost-share funding from the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, jointly led by EPRI and GTI, as well as participating universities.
Rob Chapman, Vice-President of EPRI’s Electrification and Sustainable Energy Strategy, said, “EPRI is proud to lead the charge training tomorrow’s energy workforce in this emerging technology area.”
“To more broadly enable low-carbon resource applications across the economy, EPRI will apply a variety of existing and emerging approaches to safe and economic hydrogen technology production, transportation, storage and use.”
H2EDGE is an addition to EPRI’s broader workforce development project GridEd, through which DOE and EERE funds the GREAT with Data Workforce Development Initiative.”