An accredited new training course for fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technicians is being set up in Aberdeen as part of the city’s aim to position it as a hydrogen energy hub.
The city council has invested in infrastructure and transport and it now has two hydrogen refuelling stations, along with a hydrogen-powered fleet of 10 buses and 18 cars and vans, with further expansion of the fleet planned.
The course has been developed by Aberdeen council and the North East of Scotland College as part of an EU-wide hydrogen energy project, with funding from the EU Erasmus education project.
The training programme on hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles is being designed by a project collaboration across Europe. There has been an increasing demand for skilled labour in hydrogen vehicle technology but there has also been a lack of education and training programs.
The training programme will be accredited and implemented in the public educational system in Denmark and Scotland, the first EU countries to offer education in fuel cells and hydrogen vehicles. The courses will be open for both national and international students.