Interreg Green SkHy

To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission proposed a hydrogen strategy in July 2020 to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen. Hydrogen should become one of the pillars of the European energy system, in combination with the renewable energy sources to feed or complement it, and enable the decarbonization of industry and mobility, while contributing to the energy independence of the European Union. By 2023, the number of local and national hydrogen-related projects, both private and public, is increasing, especially in Northwest Europe, one of the continent's most energy-intensive regions. Although the use of hydrogen is not new, this new dimension will affect many professions and require a major effort in training, certification of skills and acculturation of the general public. Building the hydrogen industry means building a European community of skills to serve the energy transition and avoid skilled labor shortages.

The goal of our project is to promote the development of the clean hydrogen sector by removing barriers to European recognition of skills and related systems, and by promoting careers that can contribute to the energy transition through new practical training programs. This effort involves networking the actors in charge of skills and certifications. That specific training and acculturation modules be developed, tested, and campaigns conducted to promote the hydrogen sector and its potential. By bringing together within the consortium companies, public authorities and key players in the field of training for students & workers, the project should support the development of a key sector for the energy transition by appealing to a large audience

Together with 40 partners, of which 18 also participate budget-wise, this Human Capital program is designed around needed hydrogen skills in the upcoming scale-up in Europe. Written within the priority around a smart and fair energy transition. The project has an extensive activity package of almost 9 million. ACE Mobility brings in its own components such as the VR Experience, the Challenge Based Learning Community platform and the Learning Community experience. The Career Day and workshops are also part of the activity package. Wider is also the connection with the HAN and Fontys described as it is also about how to build hydrogen education, train the teachers and learn from each other's approach within Noordwes0 Europe. This includes putting a possible hydrogen career on the agenda at an early stage, especially for students at universities of applied sciences. ACE Mobility also issued a letter of support on behalf of the Hydrogen Test Facility.

Saskia Lavoo
Program manager