Hydrogen Safety - TeacHy

About TeacHy

Project Objectives


The project strives to deliver a substantially improved teaching of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen content across Europe by the year 2020. TeacHy2020 will provide high-quality, harmonised educational content and infrastructure for FCH education to be shared across a network of currently more than 75 educational and training institutions in Europe. The innovative idea is that we will enable institutions to offer educational courses that would otherwise not be available locally, and allow students access to a mix of both face-to-face and e-learning content. Any educational institution across Europe that fulfils minimum requirements of adheres to the project quality standards of delivery can participate in these activities. The network will be grown while the project is active with a final goal of around 200 institutions participating. This would probably represent the maximum number of institutions across Europe that could be willing and suitable to participate in the project programme. TeacHy2020 will coordinate undergraduate (BSc/BEng) and graduate (MSc/MEng/PhD) university training and the equivalent vocational training activities across Europe. It will implement an MSc course as an exemplary element of FCH training. This challenging, and necessary activity will serve as a testing ground for future expansions of harmonised educational activities across Europe outside of the scope of this specific project. The MSc course implemented will be accredited locally (with the support of the project) in order to fully integrate it into the individual university curriculum. Also, this should avoid any potential conflicts between EU-wide regulation and university (and Member State) accreditation schemes. The project will deliver continuous further development of the educational material and programme, validation of courses, accreditation support, integration of new network members, and general further development. TeacHy2020 will secure the operations of the project activities post-project for a target of minimum 5 years. This entity will also act as a single stop shop and voice of FCH training and education in the EU towards the variety of stakeholders involved in educational and FCH aspects in Europe and the IPHE. The project will underpin its central activities by organising regular alumni meetings, by supporting summer schools, arranging a staff and student exchange programme, and by organising regular project assemblies with the opportunity for teaching staff to network and exchange experiences of best practice. In order to grow the activities and link to global developments, international partners from EU associated and IPHE countries have been integrated into the project. A strong link to the educational activities of the IPHE has been built, as well as a large network of vocational training, university, networking, and stakeholder involvement, spanning Europe and main FCH countries in the world. The project will tie in with the new e-learning platform project, NET-Tools, led by KIT. This project aims at delivering educational material in Open Access. Both projects will join forces in enabling facile access to educational material, though under slightly differing conditions.

Project Outcomes


  • Combine the expertise of a core group of 12 universities and educational institutions possessing a commanding position in academic activities relevant to the field of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies and their safety, making best use of previous educational and having educational component projects co-funded by the FCH JU, such as HySafe, TrainHy, HyProfessionals, HyFacts, HyResponse, and KnowHy, by integrating partners of these projects and building on the project outcomes.
  • Provide FCH teaching and training material for access throughout Europe for undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Implement a system of regular updates of course curriculum and content.
  • Integrate (higher level) vocational training into the project delivery.
  • Establish a European MSc course in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) Technology that will carry ECTS (or equivalent, convertible credit system) points.
  • Establish a network (cluster) of associate partners to assist in delivering the project, and foster promotion and expansion of the teaching content, including international partners from IPHE countries.
  • Ensure availability of course contents in 7 European languages namely German, French, English, Romanian, Italian, Czech, and Dutch.
  • Perform a trial run of the MSc course in the first half of the project at five different partner institutes, and a full run in the later half with at least 20 students enrolled.
  • Integrate a CPD scheme into the curriculum supported by a team of vocational training institutes.
  • Utilise an online e-learning platform in cooperation with KIT (NET-Tools) to store, share and discuss FCH teaching and training material; this will be accessible to students and lecturers across Europe.
  • Establish access of students to "laboratory experience" without a laboratory using "serious games" developments from KnowHy and a "remote laboratory" concept for remote real test bench work and monitoring of real-world systems.
  • Deliver additional MOOC's in Open Access to help promote and foster education and training of the general public and FCH stakeholders.
  • Organise and support student/alumni conferences, summer schools, student events, and workshops.
  • Set up a student-staff exchange programme between universities, vocational training centres, and industry partners with at least 30 exchanges taking place during the project.
  • Establish an Advisory Board that will be responsible for shaping the course syllabus, including a variety of stakeholders across the FCH community and beyond.
  • Establish a global dissemination campaign to promote the teaching and training activities ongoing in the project.
  • Establish a business entity to ensure continuation of course delivery for a minimum of 5 years post- project, based on a subscription scheme or on student tuition fees.


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    TeacHy project is a Coordination and Support Action funded by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking and supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme. Project reference: 779730.