Interest in the topic of hydrogen is becoming more and more relevant and the development of the hydrogen supply chain is a necessary element for the energy transition.

In this context, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Italian Association of Chemical Engineering (AIDIC) and the Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment of Sapienza University (DICMA) is organizing the first edition of the” Hydrogen Summer School ”on Hydrogen technologies. This initiative, first at a national level, will see the presence of speakers from the academic and industrial sectors, covering all issues related to the hydrogen supply chain, from production to transport and use.

The Hydrogen Summer School is addressed to PhD students, researchers and young professionals working in the areas of hydrogen technologies development. The goal is to provide a technological overview and to understand the challenges for a sustainable integration of hydrogen as vector in our society.

The first edition of the Hydrogen Summer School organized by ENEA in collaboration with the University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and AIDIC (Italian Association of Chemical Engineering) at the Casaccia Research Center (Rome), has been concluded on Friday 23 September 2022.  

During the school, the speakers from the academic and industrial sectors presented several lectures covering different aspects related to the hydrogen supply chain, from production to transport and use. Classroom lessons alternated with visits to laboratories and working groups where students discussed on different hydrogen topics. 

Fifty students and young professionals from national and foreign companies had the opportunity to deal with over twenty experts and researchers from academia, research and industry. 

Aim of the school was to offer a wide and complete vision of the hydrogen supply chain, analyzing opportunities, potentials and criticalities, as well as the role of hydrogen as an energy vector enabling factor for decarbonisation and energy transition 

To speed up hydrogen penetration in the market, in addition to research, innovation, demonstration and technology transfer, it is necessary to promote the “culture” of hydrogen through knowledge and social acceptability. 

The course ended with a test drive on board a Toyota “Mirai” (“future” in Japanese), one of the very first hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars on the market. The test was open to all participants  

The received feedback by students and by speakers is positive. A second edition of the H2 Summer School has been planned for the next spring.  

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