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Study reveals professions that will work with green hydrogen.

The transition to a low-carbon economy is already demonstrating impacts on the job market. Proof of this is the unprecedented study entitled "Market for green hydrogen and power to X: demand for professional qualifications," which mapped out professions to work in the green hydrogen (H2V) chain in Brazil. The survey was presented by the National Service for Industrial Learning (SENAI) in partnership with the H2Brasil project, which is part of the Brazil-Germany Cooperation for Sustainable Development and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, as part of efforts to support the expansion of the H2V market in the country.

The authors concluded that professionals qualified to work in the green hydrogen chain in Brazil are engineers from various specialties (mechanical, chemical, environmental, and production), economists with experience in planning and management, experts in regulation and legislation, as well as technical professionals with consolidated profiles (such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and others) who receive specific training in H2V. "The study, based on international experiences, is essential to identify and validate the demands in Brazil, helping to train the professionals needed for the development of the Green Hydrogen and PtX industry in the country", says Markus Francke, director of the H2Brasil project. In 2022, SENAI prepared the training itinerary – training course within an area – with five courses, ranging from installation to operation and maintenance of systems for hydrogen production. In the second half of this year, the network's first postgraduate course in Green Hydrogen and PtX will be launched by SENAI CIMATEC, in Bahia, together with a center of excellence located in Rio Grande do Norte and five more regional laboratories (Santa Catarina, Paraná , São Paulo, Bahia and Ceará) aimed at professional and higher education in this new sector.


“We will have a first movement, of specialization of those with higher education in the areas that will work with research, with the development of technology and regulation. The second movement is for the installation and operation of the plants, which will require professionals with a technical level. We will not have a technical course on green hydrogen, but a specialization, so that a person trained in electrical engineering, for example, is specialized in the subject”, exemplifies the superintendent of Professional and Higher Education at SENAI, Felipe Morgado. Morgado points out that the institution has already trained the teachers, designed the course portfolio and curricula and is finalizing the infrastructure to train the specialized workforce, in partnership with the German government. Courses in the area of ​​green hydrogen will have registrations opened by Futuro Digital:


  • Installer of Electrolysis Systems for Green Hydrogen Production Plants;

  • Maintainer of Electrolysis Systems for Green Hydrogen Production Plants;

  • Gas Transport Logistics Operator;

  • Technical Specialist in Operation of Green Hydrogen Production Plants;

  • Specialist in Green Hydrogen Systems (Postgraduate).


Methodology


The study on the demand for professionals involved in the green hydrogen chain is the result of interviews and questionnaires applied to more than 200 people in the industry. The green hydrogen chain considered in the survey includes raw materials, by-products, processes, and technologies related to the production, distribution, storage, and use of H2V in energy, industrial, and transportation sectors.


The study is based on the national and international H2V job market, and the objective was to map the knowledge gaps in the field and suggest the formation of professional competencies in Brazil, such as technicians, managers, regulators, and other key agents for the development of the green hydrogen economy in the country.


Potential of Brazilian H2V and PtX


Due to the great availability of wind and sun, Brazil is considered a country with great potential for renewable electricity generation in the world and, therefore, has excellent conditions for the production of green hydrogen (H2V) and PtX. Power-to-x is the process of converting electrical energy (power) to another energy vector (x), in this case H2V, from the electrolysis of water, in addition to other products derived from H2V, such as Green Ammonia and Fuels Synthetics. The just energy transition encompasses economic and social changes, including the growth of sustainable energies and the decentralization of the energy matrix.

In this context, professionals who will work in this market must master: the general operating structure of the energy sector; market knowledge; regulatory framework; computational tools and data analytical capacity, in addition to being aware of the impacts of artificial intelligence on the electricity sector.


The H2Brasil Project


The H2Brasil project is part of the Brazil-Germany Cooperation for Sustainable Development and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) with support from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. The main objective of H2Brasil is to support the expansion of the green hydrogen market in the country, by promoting research, exchanging information between Brazilian and German universities, promoting innovation projects and new technologies, certification and regulatory studies with a focus on H2V and promotion of professional training courses. Source: Industry Portal

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