The success of marketing a new technology hinges on the number of people who know how to install, maintain and repair it properly. In 2014, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking launched the KnowHy project to disseminate knowledge of fuel cell technologies that had reached near-market maturity. Supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program, the project became more detailed as the years passed. Now fully developed, it will continue until 2020.
These are indeed trying times for the Education and Training Center for Innovative Energy Technologies, or WBZU, in Ulm, Germany. The institute, which had become part of the local chamber of industry and commerce in January 2014 (see HZwei issue from April 2014), had seen a steadily declining interest in its educational offerings in the months before the end of last year, evidenced by a much lower number of seminars held during that period. Subsequently, Sirko Nell – formerly, managing director of the institute – left the Weiterbildungszentrum Ulm (WBZU) prior to the beginning of 2017.