Education and training programs

Education and training programs teach the unique aspects of operating and regulating FCEVs and hydrogen fueling infrastructure to stakeholders including police, fire, permitting, planning and regulatory bodies. Industry and government are providing unprecedented educational support to early-adopter communities. Many resources are free and available online.


Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST)  -  The Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment. H2FAST provides in-depth financial analysis including cash flow and return on investment for hydrogen fueling stations based on key financial inputs such as station capital cost, operating cost, and financing mechanisms.

Online training +

Introduction to Hydrogen Safety for First Responders is a web-based course that provides an awareness-level overview of hydrogen for fire, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, or individuals who may witness or discover a hydrogen release and must initiate an action. The course fulfills a need expressed by the first responder community to be prepared in the rare event of a hydrogen incident. 

The Introduction to Hydrogen for Code Officials online training course provides an overview of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, how these technologies are used in real-world applications, and the codes and standards required for permitting them. A short quiz is offered at the end of each module. In addition, the course features a Library section with supplementary information including publications, related links, and a glossary of terms used in the course.

First responder training +

The H2Tools portal brings together and enhances the utility of a variety of tools and web-based content on the safety aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  It is intended to help inform those tasked with designing, approving, or using systems and facilities, as well as those responding to incidents.

National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Emergency Response Training Resource +

The California Fuel Cell Partnership and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory collaborated to develop a national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders . The resource provides a single repository of credible and reliable information related to hydrogen and fuel cells that is current and accurate and eliminates duplicative efforts among various training programs. This approach will enable government and private training organizations nationwide to develop their own training programs with consistent hydrogen and fuel cells content and standards.

Websites and resources +

A Permitting Hydrogen Facilities website identifies model codes and standards to help local permitting officials deal with proposals for hydrogen fueling stations, fuel cell use for telecommunications facilities, and other hydrogen projects.

The Department of Energy's Hydrogen Safety Bibliographic Database provides references to reports, articles, books, and other resources for information on hydrogen safety as it relates to production, storage, distribution, and use.

Produced by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association and funded by the Department of Energy, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety Report is a bi-monthly electronic newsletter dedicated to hydrogen safety, codes, and standards issues.

Hydrogen Lessons Learned (H2LL) is a database-driven website that facilitates the sharing of lessons learned and other information gained from actual experiences using and working with hydrogen. The site is focused on characterizing hydrogen-related incidents and near-misses and the ensuing lessons learned with the goal of preventing similar events in the future. The target audience is anyone who works with or around hydrogen, in all types of settings (e.g., laboratories, fueling stations, commercial facilities, electric power plants, hydrogen delivery vehicles) and also includes those involved in the development of hydrogen-related codes and standards.

The Department of Transportation has successfully regulated hydrogen transport for decades. Its Hydrogen Portal offers Department of Transportation resources as well as information about hydrogen-related projects and other activities.

The Department of Energy's Regulators' Guide to Permitting Hydrogen Technologies provides information about hydrogen's use as a fuel, the regulatory process, and relevant codes and standards for stationary fuel cell technologies for commercial buildings and hydrogen motor fuel dispensing facilities.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Codes and Standards Matrix is a directory of worldwide hydrogen- and fuel cell-related codes and standards.