As part of the EU’s Green Deal, hydrogen is foreseen to play a big role in the decarbonisation goals prescribed. Current research suggests that the ongoing decrease in cost for producing “green” hydrogen (i.e. renewable hydrogen from electrolysis) will make hydrogen a significant contributor to the fight against climate change, especially for the mobility sector (e.g. heavy-duty transport, taxi fleets, local city buses).
The EC has put forth its hydrogen strategy, according to which it plans to produce up to 10 million tons of renewable hydrogen and invest heavily in the hydrogen mobility sector.
In Spain, France and Germany, there have been investment and plans that will introduce thousands of light and heavy-duty hydrogen-powered vehicles on the European roads, within the next decades. These plans also contain the expansion of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) across EU territory.
As hydrogen use spreads in the EU, more than 1 million jobs are expected to be created, a substantial amount of which will be unavoidably offered in the H2 mobility sector.
With this move towards hydrogen-powered solutions in the transport sector, there is a pressing need for a workforce with a specific set of skills, able to handle vehicle parts ordering and inventory management, vehicle instrumentation, diagnosis and repair of H2 powertrains, installation and maintenance of Hydrogen Refuelling Station, or following protocol for refuelling H2 vehicles.