First Hydrogen School


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Our results in numbers


Years of experience in the field


International education projects


International R&D Projects


Professional lectors 


About First Hydrogen School

The First Hydrogen School was established as a startup under the European project: The European Institute of Innovation and Technology High Education Institutions Initiative project “Accelerating Sustainable Hydrogen Uptake Through Innovation and Education” of the EU “Horizon Europe” program(KICstartH2,,

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    First Hydrogen School team has excellence in areas relevant to fuel cells and hydrogen technology. We participated in more than 12 international research and educational projects and grants under different programs (FP6, FP7, INTAS, NATO, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe). Our educational activity includes developed remote educational module “High temperature Fuel Cells” for MSc course at Birmingham University (under the TeacHy2020 project, https:/, and continuous professional development (CPD) course “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells” for National Technical University of Ukraine “I. Sikorskyi Kyiv Polytechnic institute” (under the KICstartH2 project).
    In addition, our team was a responsible organizer of the Advance Study Institute Ceramic Fuel Cells (ASI CFC) under project of the NATO “Science for Peace and security” program. ASI CFC helped to attract the top-ranked professors and experts in the field of FCH from all around the world to give their lectures during two-week symposium in Kiev, Ukraine.
    First Hydrogen School accumulates and combines the vast experience of our team as such act as a single-stop shop to disseminate and propagate the knowledge concerning hydrogen technologies and fuel cells in Ukraine.
    First Hydrogen School provides access to plethora of FCH teaching and training material for partner educational institution and offer different forms of education (1 on 1 and group, live and online classes and workshops with teachers, vocational and summer education and training).

About the CPD Course

The First Hydrogen School that is the first and the only in Ukraine represents continuous professional development (CPD) course “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells”, which is devoted to training of students and professionals to increase their knowledge, understanding and experiences in hydrogen and fuel cells technological fields.

Under the CPD course, you will gain the new knowledge and become familiar with advanced and promising energy technologies relating to hydrogen production, transportation and usage, and, of course, fuel cells as the key technology of the Hydrogen Energy.

The CPD course consists of lecture materials and questionnaire quizzes and tests to exam the knowledge of the attendees. After the exam, you will receive a certificate of results (with a mark).



Each of our speakers has vast teaching experience


Yehor Brodnikovskyi

Director of the School

Assoc. Prof., PhD in Materials Science
Yehor Brodnikovskyi has a wide experience in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technologies
gained through more than 20 years of research and academic activity under international collaboration and research projects of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

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    Since 2015 he is a head of the Laboratory for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells at Institute of
    Problems of materials Science NAS of Ukraine, this position includes many years of work
    as a principal investigator and project manager of different R&D projects devoted to development and elaboration of SOFC materials and advance approaches for SOFC production.


Oleksandr Vasylyev

Vice-Director of the School

D.Sc., Prof. in Solid State Physics.
Prof. Dr. Oleksandr Vasylyev has educated in Physics at Lomonosov Moscow University, 1968; graduated in Solid State Physics: Ph.D. – at Kurdyumov Institute for Metalphysics, Kyiv, 1980
Dr.Sc. – at Frantcevych Institute for Problems of Materials Science, Kyiv, 2000.

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    Prof. Vasylyev is a lead scientist of Ukraine in the fields of zirconia fuel cells, zirconia ceramics, titanium in situ composites, fracture and failure analysis, and electron-beam analysis of materials, and has published more than 200 papers. He has gathered above 50 years of scientific experience, had different positions in institutes of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine mainly as scanning electron microscopist and material scientist.

    Prof. Vasylyev was the local organizer of a few NATO Advanced Research Workshops on Fuel Cells and Metals, and Advanced Study Institute "Ceramic Fuel Cells", 2012.

    Prof. Vasylyev has initiated his R&D activity in the field of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technologies in Ukraine more than 25 years ago.
    He was a Principal Investigator and Ukrainian coordinator of many international and National research projects and grants focused on realization of the idea “from powder to power”.
    He is a professor of the National Technical University of Ukraine “I. Sikorsky Kiev Polytechnic Institute” with more than 15 years’ experience in education field with implementation of advanced practices such as remote on-line education and “flipped classes” also.


Mykola Brychevskyi

Commercial director

PhD in Solid-State Physics
Dr. Mykola Brychevskyi has more than 20 years’ experience in material
science of the solid oxide fuel cells and more than 10 years’ experience
in organization of different scientific events for MSc and PhD students
in Ukraine, such as the youth scientific festival "Materials science: from
the past to the future" and conferences for young scientists "Reality and
prospects of materials science"

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Dmytro Brodnikovskyi

Senior Lecturer

PhD in Physics of Metals
He has experienced in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) and Hydrogen Technologies for more than 15 years gained under the participation in plenty of R&D projects of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and international collaboration.

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    He was a senior lecturer and visiting professor at the National Technical University of Ukraine “I. Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” for several years since 2014.
    He is a co-author of the continuous professional development course “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells” and developed lecture materials devoted to advanced materials for SOFC interconnect application. 
    He has been trained to study the mechanical behavior of the different materials (ceramic, metals and composite materials) by means of different methods in Jüelich Forschungzentrum (Germany, 2008) and trained on development and manufacturing of the Ti-based composite materials for SOFC interconnect application at Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic, 2019).


Natalia Lysunenko

Senior lecturer

She has experience since 2013 in the fuel cell technology and clean energy field gained through international collaborations as well as internal development under NAS of Ukraine projects.

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    Her scientific field is comprehensive study of fuel cell operation performances using mathematical/statistical analysis tools, comparison of their electrical characteristics and operation efficiency under different conditions (gasses and temperatures).
    She has experience as a tutor and lecturer under several international educational projects and responsible for organization of the practical workshops and online classes for National Technical University of Ukraine “I. Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” students. She is a co-author of the continuous professional development course “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells”.


Ihor Polishko

Senior lecturer

He has experience in the SOFC and Hydrogen Technology since 2015. He is active participant of R&D projects of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and international projects.

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    His main scientific activity is aimed at the structural optimization of the SOFC anode and the establishment of patterns of influence of the anode structure on the efficiency of the entire cell. He has published more than 30 papers.
    He is a co-author of the continuous professional development course “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells” and developed lecture materials devoted to SOFC anode and trends of its development.
    He was an assistant of professor on the course "Materials of Renewable energy" at the National Technical University of Ukraine “I. Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. He has experience in providing lectures and practical classes for students.


Ruslana Horda

Senior lector

PhD in Chemicals Science
She has experience in the SOFC and Hydrogen Technology field since 2017 and
already participated in more than 5 R&D and educational projects of the National
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and international projects under EU “Horizon2020”, EU “Horizon Europe” and NATO “Science for Peace and Security” programs.

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    The field of her scientific activity is related to the development of the regimes of co-precipitation synthesis method for stabilized zirconia powders production and studyof the synthesis method regularities on properties of the obtained zirconia powders.She has more 7 years’ experience as lecturer at the National Technical University ofUkraine "Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" and Pavlо Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University. Also, she was active participant of the educational projectTeacHy2020 under EU “Horison2020” (EU contract ID: 779730) and developededucational content (video lectures) for Ukrainian students.


Serhii Ivanchenko

Senior lecturer

PhD in Engineering Science (Powder Metallurgy and Composite Materials)
He is a specialist in rheology, tape casting, optical profilometry, cold isostatic pressing, 3D modeling, and printing, with scientific research experience since 2012.

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    Participated in many scientific projects of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the European Union, and NATO. The author of a series of educational videos for the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" and the educational project of the Horizon2020
    program – TeacHy 2017-2022. Multiple laureate of scholarships and awards for scientific achievements among young scientists. Member of the Ukrainian Materials Science Society and the European Ceramic

Invited Lecturers


Dr. Volodymyr Shentsov

Lecturer in Hydrogen Safety
HySAFER Centre, Ulster University, UK

Graduated from the National Aerospace University (Ukraine) in 2007 as Mathematical Engineer in Applied Mathematics. He has been a member of the Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) team at Ulster University since 2012 as a PhD student and since 2014 as a Research Associate in Safety Engineering and 2020 Lecturer in Hydrogen Safety.
His research interests and responsibilities within HySAFER are the provision of relevant experience in the area of hydrogen safety in particular the analytical and CFD studies of different hydrogen safety related phenomena, for example unignited releases and dispersion of hydrogen in vented enclosures, including analytical studies of ignited pressure peaking and radiation from the hot layer indoors, CFD simulations of hydrogen non-premixed combustion with an EDC model to study hydrogen jet fire dynamics and simulations of hydrogen tank rupture with blast wave and fire ball, simulations of flame lift-off and blow-off etc.
Volodymyr also leading teaching activities within the HySAFER team on a PgCPD programme in Hydrogen Safety consisting of two modules:

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    Module 1 - Principles of Hydrogen Safety. Module focuses on the fundamentals of hydrogen safety science and engineering. It combines a variety of disciplines in an engineering framework 'Principles of Hydrogen Safety' that includes but not limited to relevant Regulation Codes and Standards (RCS). Insight into these principles is developed and explained to enable a student to understand the origin and phenomenology of hydrogen safety problems involving hydrogen properties related to safety, unscheduled releases and dispersion of expanded and under-expanded jets, permeation, ignition mechanisms, microflames, hydrogen jet fires, hazard distances, effect of hydrogen on materials, etc. The case studies are the part of the module to reinforce the best practice in hydrogen safety.
    Module 2 - Hydrogen safety technologies. Module builds on and develops further the knowledge acquired in module “Principles of hydrogen safety”. It focuses on advances in hydrogen safety technologies, including but not limited to prevention and mitigation techniques, as well as novel safety strategies and engineering solutions to provide inherently safer deployment of hydrogen systems and infrastructure. You will learn how to design hydrogen ventilation systems, prevent civil structures from demolition by the pressure peaking phenomenon and deflagrations, deal with cryogenic and liquefied hydrogen systems, understand pressure and thermal effects of indoor jet fires, mitigate deflagrations and deflagration-to-detonation transition, prevent accidents with hydrogen storage, assess hazard distances from blast wave and fireball after tank rupture in a fire, perform quantitative risk assessment, use computational fluid dynamics as contemporary tool for hydrogen safety engineering, etc. Completion of both modules of this fully online program leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development (Hydrogen Safety). The cost of the program for the academic year 2023-2024 is: UK student (£1119.90 per module), International student (£2640.00 per module). If you wish to apply for PgCert please use this link: applications are completed online.



12500 UAH / 350 EUR

Studying materials online with the subsequent receipt of a certificate


17500 UAH / 500 EUR

Includes 3 hour workshops with a teacher

Consultation in fuel cells and hydrogen technologies 

4500 UAH за годину / 120 EUR per hour

To save your time and funds, please, wright the questions in your request.


10500 UAH / 300 EUR

Four on-line lectures and one workshop with a teacher

Letters of Support


ProfessorCésar Valderrama


ProfessorIurii Bogomol


Professor Robert Steinberger‐Wilckens


Acting Director of IPMSGennady Bagluk


Our Partners


Our Current Projects

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    The Project aims to accelerate hydrogen uptake throughout Europe through education and innovation, by targeting students and industry professionals. Leveraging on a consortium of 7 HEIs, 2 research institutes, and 1 SME consulting firm to bring forward niche educational methodologies that not only tackle content on hydrogen technologies but also innovation methods in business and management.

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      You should choose the plan which meets your needs and requirements and send us a message to place the order. You can also make it online.

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    The Project will take a lead in building a repository of university grade educational material, and design and run an MSc course in FCHT, accessible to students from all parts of Europe. To achieve this, the project has assembled a core group of highly experienced institutions working with a network of associate partners (universities, vocational training bodies, industry, and networks). TeacHy2020 offers these partners access to its educational material and the use of the MSc course modules available on the TeacHy2020 site. Any university being able to offer 20% of the course content locally, can draw on the other 80% to be supplied by the project.

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      You should choose the plan which meets your needs and requirements and send us a message to place the order. You can also make it online.

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    NATO Project SPS G5949

    The project is aimed on development of Light-Weight Solid Oxide Fuels Cell (LW-SOFCs) operating at 600 ºC using hydrogen or propane gas as a fuel. This intellectual merit is based on two innovative approaches developed by authors earlier and that will be joined in a proposed novel LW-SOFC design. Ukraine, Türkiye, Czech Republic and Azerbaijan cooperate within the framework of the project

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      You should choose the plan which meets your needs and requirements and send us a message to place the order. You can also make it online.

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    "House of Europe" #42160-IPG-EDU, 2024.

    “Development of a popular science course “Fuel cells as the basis technology of hydrogen energy using the STEM approaches to spread knowledge about hydrogen energy among youth”  Grant under EU program "House of Europe" #42160-IPG-EDU, 2024.
    Project goal: Development of a popular science course "Fuel Cells as a basement of Hydrogen Energy" order to familiarize young people with promising technologies and the basics of renewable and hydrogen energy.

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      The video lectures will contain elements of the STEM approach to demonstrate the operation of fuel cells:

      1) Hydrogen production using electricity generated by solar panels and/or wind turbines;
      2) Hydrogen accumulation and storage;
      3) Further use of hydrogen, If necessary, producing electrical energy from it, will be used by the consumer;
      4) Demonstration of assembling a portable energy system based on fuel cells - with the aim to help students understand the principles of fuel cell operation and engineering approaches to assembling an energy system based on them.

      The presentation materials will be prepared in collaboration with an expert, Dr. Volodymyr Shentsov, a lecturer at the University of Ulster (United Kingdom).

      The created video materials will be uploaded with open access on the YouTube channel of the educational center "First Hydrogen School"




  • How First Hydrogen School Works?

    The First Hydrogen School implements novel methods in education, such as STEM and flipped classes, to make educational process more attractive and fruitful for our students.
    The First Hydrogen School provides an educational course for pupils/students and a CPD course for professionals.
    At the First Hydrogen School, students learn through an online learning platform, and they also have live online classes with teaches and tutors. Our students can create an individual learning plan, learn at their own pace and get high-quality knowledge. Online classes offer flexible schedules for learning.

  • The Platform and Self-Paced Learning

    The online learning environment enables students to learn at their own pace. That is one of the major differences in comparison to traditional schooling. A student can learn at a personal tempo, mostly thanks to a virtual learning platform. The platform is a learning management system, and each student has a personal profile. Once they enroll, teachers will add learning material for specific grades to the student’s profile.
    A student can access all lessons and assignments in each subject 24/7. That enables them to learn whenever they want and for as long as they wish. At the same time, the platform measures the progress of students. He or she can see anytime how far they’ve come and what awaits them in the following days.
    With so many features, it is hard to explain the platform in words, so if you are curious to see how it looks like, you can book a meeting with our consultant, and they can do the platform presentation.

  • Online Classes and Tutoring Support

    While learning only in the platform will suffice, First Hydrogen School also offers live online classes. Therefore, they can arrange full-time online schooling by combining online classes and learning on the platform. We believe that having a tutor or teacher will vastly improve a student’s online learning experience. Our teachers have an individual approach to each child and adjust teaching styles to students’ needs.
    Our school offers two types of online classes — individual and group. Individual classes are one on one sessions with a tutor that a student can book whenever they like. Group classes enable students to connect with their peers in a virtual environment and work in a group. These classes are monitor and led by teachers. Group classes have predetermined timetables.

  • What is STEM? Why is STEM important?

    STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM education engages students and aids in developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills. STEM also offers the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real world applications. Students gain knowledge that will help them excel in all aspects of life because of the heavy use of science, technology, engineering, and math in every day activities. Encouraging your students to get involved in STEM gives them an excellent head start in their academic and professional career. Students won’t just be helping their careers grow, but also benefit society through their innovation and perseverance.

  • Why First Hydrogen School STEM?

    Each classes at the First Hydrogen School are accompanied by classroom experiments with demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies what allows students not only to fully understand operation principals of Hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology, but also to practical apply the concepts of Renewable Energy.

  • What is Flipped Classroom? Why is Flipped Classroom important?

    Flipped Classroom is one of many methods is used to encourage an active learning environment. A flipped classroom is a type of blended learning where students are introduced to content at home (video lectures) and practice working through it at school. This is the reverse of the more common practice of introducing new content at school, then assigning homework and projects to completed by the students independently at home. One of the major evidence-based advantages of the use of video is that learners have control over the media with the ability to review parts that are misunderstood, which need further reinforcement, and/or those parts that are of particular interest.

  • What is a CPD course?

    Continuing professional development (CPD) is defined as learning experiences which help you develop and improve your professional practice. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.

  • Is CPD certification good?

    Are CPD courses legit? Accredited CPD courses are legitimately recognized as fully certified achievements. Accreditation provides a stamp of approval, assuring prospective students of CPD courses that the courses are genuine and valuable.

  • How do I get a CPD certificate?

    You can get a CPD Certificate by taking a CPD accredited course. CPD course is a type of learning program designed to help professionals stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge and skills in the chosen field. CPD Certificate confers a skill not a qualification and must not be seen as a replacement for a qualification that offers entry or an additional level or category.


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