Research project HyResponder

European Hydrogen Train the Trainer Programme for Responders



Hydrogen is already used in many areas of industry as well as in the mobility sector and is gaining in importance particularly as the energy transition progresses. However, its properties differ from conventional fuels. For this reason, it is increasingly important that people who work with hydrogen as a raw material as well as emergency responders and paramedics are prepared for handling hydrogen in emergency situations and have received corresponding training. A training program for emergency responders in how to handle hydrogen was therefore developed in the predecessor project, HyResponse. This programme was expanded in the research project HyResponder and realised with the goal of establishing a sustainable training programme with a Europe-wide network for trainers.

Research project HyResponder



January 2020 to December 2022

Funded by

FCH2 JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), Horizon 2020

Project participants

  • University of Ulster, UK
  • Institute of Networked Energy Systems
  • L’Air liquide SA, FR
  • Ecole nationale

In the “train-the-trainer” programme, paramedics from at least ten different European countries will be trained in hydrogen safety and safety strategies. They will then be able to teach this knowledge to others as trainers in their home countries. The courses place a particular focus on emergency planning and accident management. The workshops also make use of virtual reality technology. The training documents are being translated and can be downloaded in digital form to enable a sustainable, pan-European network within the training programme.

HyResponder is an especially important project for improving safety management in the handling of hydrogen. In addition, researchers are working with safety experts and emergency responders to improve the project through a productive exchange of knowledge and experience.

The work of the Institute of Networked Energy Systems is focused on optimisation of the trainings and translation of the training contents. This will be followed by training of trainers in the German-speaking region.

More Informationen on the HyResponder project:


Dr Alexander Dyck

Head of Division
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Networked Energy Systems
Urban and Residential Technologies
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 15, 26129 Oldenburg