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Hydrogen in Schools


Hydrogen fuel cells and the ‘hydrogen economy’ are considered a big solution to our future clean energy needs. Fuel cells use hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity, with only water and heat as by-products. Although they offer the promise of a clean and secure energy future, a hydrogen economy requires major changes in the way we produce, deliver, store, and use energy. Currently it is accepted that there are various barriers to achieving this, (i) technological advancements (ii) bringing technology to market (iii) public awareness & education. HySchools seeks to provide a step change in education on the topic, driven by the university partners & supported by all partners to ensure its maximum impact on education and industry.

A Call for proposals from the Commission funded FCH Joint Undertaking (FCH-04-3-2017) sets out need ‘ a firm basis needs to be prepared for an EU-wide human resources development of scientists & especially engineers to feed the growing European fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) industry. The SET Plan Education, established in 2012/2013, expected a human resource of 57,000 highly skilled staff required by 2020, and 190,000 by 2030 in the FCH business. Supplying this resource is a major challenge in reliably building the FCH value and supply chain.’ That specific Call’s focus is on HE & vocational training.

A Programme of practical educational resources for university students, teacher training departments and school teachers is required. In addition, due to the novel nature of the technology, it is important that industry is engaged and well equipped with the correct information/resources to interact with schools. This proposal will add value by providing HE led creation of school provision and resources which will enable this to happen. The HySchools partnership led by 4 universities and 4 wider partners is well placed to act as the initiator of this support. The combination of support/resources for schools through teacher training related activity and work with industry will help enable a hydrogen economy to be built on a local level skill set, whilst helping reduce disparities at the EU level.


Key Details

Call: Adrion – First call for Proposals

Project Acronym: Hyschools

Project Number: 2017-1-UK01-KA203-036645

Project Priority: Innovative and smart region

Project objective: Support the development of a regional innovation system for the Adriatic-Ionian area

Start – End Date: 01-01-2018 – 31-12-2020

Total budget: EUR 1,489,422.00

ERDF budget: EUR 1,138,099.85

IPAII budget: EUR 127,908.85

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Evangelia Gralista

Web Design Internship

Evangelia Gralista from Trikala,Greece is in her senior year at University of Patras in the department of mathematics. She is currently working as a web design intern at Patras Science Park (PSP).

Vicky Tomara

Development Director

Vicky studied Business Administration at Athens University of Economics and Business and she got a M.B.A. from University of Patras. Her experience and background focus on supporting businesses-academia partnerships. Especially, she has been primarily activated in innovation supporting tools, while she worked in the past as an economist and research project manager in the industry. She has a good knowledge of the Greek innovation ecosystem actors, including academia, research institutes, regional and central governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and industry. She contributed to the launch and development of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Patras where she served as a Technology Transfer Consultant for 4 years. She acted as the principal organizational officer on behalf of the University of Patras for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Patras IQ Innovation Exhibition. Also, she contributed to the launch and development of the Technology Transfer Office of Patras Science Park and she involved in the building of the collaborative network between both CERN procurement and CERN Technology Transfer Group with the Greek start up community & enterprises. She is currently the Development Director in Patras Science Park, she is member of the Advisory Board of the Proof of Concept and she participates in the selection committee in various regional innovation competitions.