Reference “Z8002”the first module that the Energy Formation organization will devote to hydrogen will provide basic knowledge about this gas, which is increasingly associated with sustainable development and more virtuous mobility.
The program is particularly dense. Here is an overview of the theoretical part:
- positioning in the energy map,
- physical and chemical characteristics,
- origin and prospects of new needs,
- ecological and economic interests,
- regulatory framework,
- safety rules and instructions,
- operation in the form of fuel, operation of a fuel cell,
- example projects.
“We wanted to provide basic training for everyone working on hydrogen, including decision-makers”comments Stéphane Doistau.
A customer request
“The idea for this new training came from our customers already involved in NGV/bioNGV and who are already satisfied with our offer on this subject. These are, for example, operators or departmental energy unions that develop projects around multi-energy green stations. Energy companies are also interested in it”explains the general manager of Energy Formation.
“There is little training on hydrogen in France. Those that exist take place indoors. Our specialty is the field. This is why we are going to offer the first training course in France on hydrogen with educational material”he rejoices.
Part of the session will take place in the laboratory where the H2 molecule will deliver its main characteristics: composition, density, calorific value, combustion, auto-ignition temperature, explosive limit, pressure, flow rate, propagation speed, etc.
Natural Gas vs Hydrogen
“The GAP between natural gas and hydrogen is quite easily manageable for us. Hydrogen remains a gas that has a lot in common with natural gas. This allows us to draw on our knowledge to set up the new training courses that will be dedicated to it »reveals Stéphane Doistau. “We will also have an educational model to highlight the differences between the 2 gases. Thus, the trainees will be able to acquire the right reflexes according to the product »he points out.
“On the educational platform, we will put the students in front of the hydrogen flame. You can hear it a little, but you can’t see it, except when using a thermal camera. This will be an opportunity to present the preferred protective equipment and the tools to extinguish a hydrogen fire., he explains. The risks depending on the pressure (350 and 700 bars) will also be seen on the board. As well as the explosive range, by mixing gases.
Skills development on hydrogen
“Positioning ourselves now on training around hydrogen allows us to get ahead. Or at least not to fall behind in terms of education on gas energies »explains Stéphane Doistau.
“Building skills in hydrogen in this way is consistent with our strategy. We aim to offer training around gases, and in particular green gases, with an approach bordering on research and development »he continues.
“The first session next September is a test for us. This is why our 2 trainers will welcome a very diverse panel of trainees (12 in total), including people representing investors, station operators, gas infrastructure managers, etc. Our inaugural session will allow us to prove ourselves so that the first people received will inspire others to come and follow it »he schematizes. “Then, by relying on partners who would participate in the development of the programs, we will be able to refine the content, and also adapt it to the specific needs of companies for internal group training. It’s better than going it alone. We have already identified possible partners, but nothing has been committed to date.he says.
“We know that there is a real expectation concerning training around hydrogen as we can offer them. Because the dynamic that surrounds this gas today is very strong. The players who have put money into the new sector need to receive rational information about this energy”reveals Stéphane Doistau.
“The basic module should benefit from an increasingly strong and continuous demand until 2024 or 2025, due to the growth in staffing needs in the companies concerned. With him, we will test the market in order to validate that our intention is good, and, if necessary, improve the content of the program »he believes. “During this time, we are going to develop additional modules that will be adjusted according to the real needs expressed. More specialized, they will support growth towards hydrogen over the period 2025-2030”he anticipates.
An offer to build
“How will our next modules focus? They will be more particularly dedicated to engineering. Stations? Transport of hydrogen by truck? Storage ? Distribution and channeling? Where will the requests take off very strongly? We don’t really know yet.”thinks Stéphane Doistau.
“As we did for biomethane/bioNGV, we plan to set up a hydrogen infrastructure on the La Croix Gaudin site, in Saint-Etienne-de-Montluc, which will be used for our training. If the demand were to be very high, why not decline it on our 2 other sites in Lyon and Gennevilliers? », he asks himself. At the time of writing this article, there are still a few places left for the inaugural session next September.
Gaz Mobilité and I would like to thank Stéphane Doistau very much for his welcome and his availability.