Politecnico di Torino presented the project HySET - Hydrogen Systems and Enabling Technologies, which envisages the design of a Master's degree course focusing on the hydrogen value chain together with Politecnico di Milano,Eindhoven University of Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya..
Initially, the project was promoted by Snam which involved the aforementioned universities and industrial partners. Now the company, Europe's leading operator in the transport and storage of natural gas with an infrastructure capable of enabling the energy transition, is an associate partner of the HySET project together with Repsol, Shell, Sintef and Safetec.
The main objective of this agreement between academia and industry is to provide training for professional and research figures with a multidisciplinary background in the hydrogen sector and supply chain. To this end, the programme includes international and multicultural training, to foster global collaboration in the field of energy transition.
HySET's programme covers safe production and storage technologies as well as transport, logistics and infrastructure for the hydrogen, leading to the analysis of hydrogen end-uses in transport, industry, residential and fuel cells. The socio-economic aspects of the hydrogen-based energy transition will also be analysed.
The first edition will start next September, and four editions are already confirmed with the support of the European Union, which will fund 15 scholarships per year, public and private funding for the coming years, and funding under the European Erasmus+ programme, reserved for academic training courses designed jointly by several universities.
HySET is structured in a programme of 120 university credits: : the first year will be dedicated to conveying basic and industrial knowledge at the Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di Milano, while during the second year students will transfer to one of the partner universities in the Netherlands, Norway or Spain to attend specialised courses. To conclude the course they will need a company internship and a dissertation in the international field.
The Politecnico di Torino, in the note released, commented: "The European Union's strategy envisages achieving the decarbonisation targets for 2050 thanks to a 24% increase in the use of hydrogen, thus contributing to a reduction of carbon dioxide equal to 560 million tonnes and achieving economic movements equal to 820 billion euros: to achieve this goal, it has planned to create around 1 million high-profile jobs by 2030, with a forecast of 5.4 million by 2050".