Project Objectives

The main objective of the project is to develop a unique European platform to support higher education in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and businesses leveraging existing knowledge and enabling the development of future novel educational training to help fuel the foreseen growth of fuel cell and hydrogen markets worldwide.


To support this main goal, the project will follow the specific objectives:


· Deliver an open source based e-infrastructure dedicated to FCH knowledge and science able to connect existing knowledge and easily integrate or support the development of new ones


· Offer teaching user interfaces adapted to the different target audience: students and professionals


· Implement a digital laboratory workspace


· Consolidate existing e-education and e-knowledge


· Develop novel training delivery method together with new digital practices


· Engage with and gain traction from a wide community of companies and universities


More specifically, NET-Tools major objectiv is to deliver an open source based e-infrastructure dedicated to FCH knowledge and science able to connect existing knowledge and easily integrate or support the production of new one


The e-infrastructure to be developed in the course of the project will be implemented using an open source LMS (Learning Management System). It will offer best in class functionalities for e-learning and e-education, constituting a reference worldwide. The infrastructure will also be robust to future evolution and easily upgradable.

NET-tools e-infrastructure will make the addition of valuable content easy, either by establishing connections and repositories with existing digital based knowledge or by supporting the development of various educational materials, from very interactive lessons to more statics presentations.


The primary target of NET-tools is, like any such platform, professionals. Acknowledging professionals and students have different educational needs and studying methods, Net-tools will deliver dedicated user interfaces offering specific content, navigation possibilities, interactivity level and certification process. E-learning curricula shall be relevant and specific to learners’ needs, roles and responsibilities in professional life. Skills, knowledge and information should be provided to this end. They will be developed based on specifications defined by the industry on the one hand and universities on the other hand through a governing board.

 Support the development of novel training delivery method mixing conventional and digital practices.



The objective of the project is also to create as part of NET-tools the unique and innovative digital instrument e-Laboratory including new methods based on figurative language and representations to explain detailed physical and mathematical principles and FCH technique in its complex structure.


The e-Laboratory will integrate a e-Engineering toolbox for technology and safety design of FCH systems and infrastructure to underpin “learning by solving” education principle, and provide hydrogen industry by the state-of-the-art free access European-made tool for engineering design, as well as a e-Science toolbox for modelling and simulations of physical and mathematical phenomena underlying FCH technologies, including CFD tool HyFOAM for technological safety.


Based on a survey of existing digital FCH resources, performed early in the project, Net-tools will achieve the connection and/or integration of these resources to offer a comprehensive platform which will constitute a one stop shop educational solution in Europe.


More generally, the project will also deliver tools and guidelines to facilitate the reuse of online/digital education individual course components (e.g. units, lessons and media elements such as graphics and animations) in different contexts. For example, interactive e-lessons developed for a given self-paced e-learning course could be integrated into facilitated courses or can become part of another self-paced e-learning curriculum.


Besides the development of pure digital infrastructure, the project will also aim at developing, experimenting and testing novel education practices using the platform itself. Given the high technicity of the subject, the concept of flying teachers will be further developed in the course. In a blended approach, e-learning sessions will also be integrated with face-to-face traditional activities using a variety of approaches.