Aiming at creating a critical mass of people knowledgeable and passionate about renewable Power-to-X, the Train-the-Trainers programme is a crucial part of the PtX Hub’s capacity building repertoire. Trained professionals are spreading the knowledge as multipliers and decision-makers in their home countries and regions on how to leverage PtX potentials for economic development and climate protection in their country.
The Train-the-Trainer programme spans over ten full days to give participants the opportunity to deal intensively with the learning contents on PtX during the first few days, before then taking on the role of teachers and conducting the training themselves.
Part 1: Learning about PtX and didactics
From day one to three, the soon-to-be trainers attended the programme as participants, while already reflecting on the contents ranging from technical and economic to political aspects of PtX. They are as well exchanging ideas with the trainer and other participants and developing their own country-specific additions and perspectives to the content.
Since didactic and methodological concepts are crucial to successfully engage the audience, the didactics expert Michael Zillich guided the trainees in methodological exercises to help them reflect on their role and impact as trainers and how to best reach their target audience.
To gain some real-world insights into current energy technology in Germany, the group visited the Energiepark Mainz. Here Brigit Sheppat and her research team explained and presented the Power-to-Gas process, which aims to store wind and solar power in the form of hydrogen or methane. After this stop over, the group toured the Rhine-Main University of Applied Sciences.
The trainees further attended a networking dinner to connect and tried the WWF virtual reality PtX experience looking into a climate neutral 2050 with PtX.
Part 2: Applying PtX and didactic knowledge and skills
In the following days, the participants stepped into the role of trainers themselves and thus actively addressed the following challenges: Who is my target group? Which contents are specifically important for my country? What questions can arise? How can I present the training content in a way that is as understandable and comprehensible as possible? Where do I have difficulties?
Shaping the PtX training landscape in the future
After this practice phase, the trainees will now develop the topic of PtX in their own countries now as prepared trainers, in Chile, Colombia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Vietnam.