Pillars of Progress: Technology – Essential education for a skilled hydrogen society
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Pillars of Progress: Technology – Essential education for a skilled hydrogen society

The expanding fuel cell and hydrogen industry needs qualified workers, skilled in the development, deployment and maintenance of hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is bolstering European talent with far-reaching initiatives to promote excellence in education and training, and to develop a well-educated workforce and hydrogen society prepared for a low-carbon, low-emission future.

Rising commercial adoption of innovative fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for applications as diverse as transport, home energy and industry is generating a growing demand for qualified workers. In 2017, the Hydrogen Council indicated the hydrogen sector could provide sustainable employment for more than 30 million people around the world by 2050. In Europe, the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe analysis pointed to a total of 5.4 million direct jobs created by the European industry in 2050.

Education programmes focused on providing dedicated training in hydrogen fuel cell technologies are thus essential today to meet this forecast future demand. The FCH JU is addressing the challenge with initiatives targeting students of all ages, starting with primary and secondary education in the FCHGO project, which developed a ‘ready to teach’ toolkit aimed at inspiring interest and awareness of hydrogen fuel cell technologies among eight to 18-year-olds.

For undergraduate and graduate education, TEACHY2020 is building a pan-European network of universities with hydrogen fuel cell curricula, including a complete MSc course on hydrogen fuel cell technologies, available in multiple languages.

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