Two-year course on "Green Hydrogen".Copyright: © RWTH
With the "International Master Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen" (IMP-EGH), the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), together with RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, aims to qualify local students for the future topic of "green hydrogen". The Chair of Controlling is leading the track "Economics, Policies and Infrastructure". The two-year master's program is designed along the lines of existing WASCAL graduate school programs. With the program, those responsible for the project want to train students on the basis of international standards and best practices. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting the program with 8 million euros initially until 2025 as part of the energy research program "Innovations for the energy transition".
RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich are providing support in teaching and supervising the students via online tools and on-site visits. In addition, the students will spend a semester in Germany to gain practical experience and write their theses. For the first time, students from a total of 15 countries will be taught together in the IMP-EGH master's program, with four leading West African universities participating: the Université Felix Houphouet Boigny (Côte d'Ivoire), the Université de Lomé (Togo), the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal) and the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (Niger). Each program will train 60 students.
West Africa has enormous potential to generate solar and wind energy and produce green hydrogen from it - more than it will need for its own needs. In the future, the continent could export so-called green hydrogen on a large scale, i.e. hydrogen produced with renewable energy. However, in order to use the available resources, the appropriate know-how is needed.
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