First Hydrogen Summer ScH2ool organised in Western Macedonia

Hydrogen Summer School
During the first week of July 2023, the 1st Hydrogen Summer School was successfully held in the University of Western Macedonia, located in Kozani, Greece, as part of the European Commission Erasmus+ Green Skills for Hydrogen (GreenSkillsForH2) project.

The school brought together over 75 undergraduate and postgraduate students from various Greek universities. The collaboration provided an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with more than 35 speakers from five European countries, representing research, business, organizations, and entities in the hydrogen sector.

The training week was opened by Mr. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe, who emphasized the importance of reskilling and upskilling for a smooth transition to a hydrogen economy at regional, national, and European levels.

The first day included the introduction of hydrogen technologies and a visit to the Laboratory of Alternative Fuels & Environmental Catalysis (LAFEC). The second day focused on hydrogen safety, storage, and distribution in the natural gas transportation network, concluding with a workshop on creating a hydrogen start-up company, by B-Hydrogen. On the third day, the discussions covered hydrogen applications, with representatives from companies such as Hellenic Hydrogen, Motor Oil Hellas, and HELBIO. On the fourth day, representatives from Advent Technologies and Hydrogen Europe discussed electrolysis technologies and fuel cells, addressing EU policies and legislation on hydrogen. The Summer School concluded with an educational trip to the National Center for Research and Technological Development (EKETA) facilities in Thessaloniki.

The “Hydrogen Summer ScH2ool” highlighted the significant impact of collaboration among organizations and entities in the hydrogen sector, allowing participants to develop and enhance their knowledge.

This successful training experience was organised by the Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment of Western Macedonia – CluBE in collaboration with Advent Technologies, the University of Western Macedonia, and with the support of the Region of Western Macedonia.

Special thanks to our sponsors: DESFA S.A. – National Natural Gas System Operator, Hellenic Hydrogen, DEPA COMMERCIAL S.A., Samaras & Associates Group, and ABO Wind. We express our gratitude to the University of Western Macedonia and the Region of Western Macedonia. 

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