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THE INTERNATIONAL CLEAN FUELS TRAINING INSTITUTE

The International Clean Fuels Training Institute (ICFTI) is a new, private entity being created to provide knowledge and expertise regarding all aspects of clean fuels, including vehicle technology and conversion training; fuelling infrastructure development, economics and safety; strategic marketing, as well as political and government relations strategies.  ICFTI organises and facilitates training and education sessions as specified subject classes for individuals and can provide on-site or off-site training for individual companies or other organised groups.

Primary training curricula and materials were developed by the two founders of the new International Clean Fuels Training Institute, Dr. Jeffrey M. Seisler and Mr. Gert Jan Rap.  Materials related to fuelling station technologies and hydrogen safety were developed by Mr. Gijs van Schoonhoven and Ms. Karen Hall respectively. In order to meet growing needs for training in various countries around the world, ICFTI can provide trainers from a wide team of experts, on gaseous fuels, liquid alternative fuels, and alternative drive trains like hybrids, electrical vehicles, etc.  Specific, experienced trainers affiliated with ICFTI can be used on an interchangeable and rotating basis depending upon the needs of each client or the focus of each specified class or workshop.   

The International Clean Fuels Training Institute is in the process of legal establishment as a non-profit European Economic Interest Group. The ICFTI will have its base of operations in Brussels and the Netherlands. At this initial stage, however, correspondence should be through Clean Fuels Consulting and/or also to RAP Clean Air Products (see below).


Training description
The ICFTI can provide a variety of training expertise and courses. These include:
  • Generic information about the worldwide and European NGV markets and market development, as an ‘overview’ to the industry, available technology, and related politics.
  • Alternative fuels including alcohols, gaseous (CNG, LPG and hydrogen), other liquid fuels, and cryogenic fuels, etc.
  • Alternative drive trains (electric vehicles, hybrids)
  • Vehicle related: basic functions of gaseous fuels, alternative fuelled vehicles, as well as in-depth coverage of vehicle conversion systems
  • Vehicle conversion training
  • Fuelling station for CNG and hydrogen: development, sizing, economics, etc.
  • Detailed safety training for natural gas, hydrogen and LPG vehicles as well as bulk fuel trailers.
  • Government policy making for decision makers and stakeholders: comparative laws and regulations; proven strategies for success (and proven failures); trends and timeframes for commercialisation
  • Marketing and commercialization strategies
  • Safety: for gaseous fuels (LPG, CNG and hydrogen) as well hybrid and electric drive vehicles
  • CNG cylinder inspection
Training programs language and materials
Training is given in the English language. Training in German is possible for some courses related to vehicles and compressor stations, however, the accompanying  materials initially provided are in English.  

Duration of trainings
A generic one day overview course on marketing and political strategies, vehicle technologies and fuelling stations for NGVs and/or hydrogen are available.  But depending  upon the needs of each client or group, training courses can be tailored from the basic training courses to fulfil needs from one-to-three days, depending upon the depth of the training required.  Additionally, it is possible to lengthen the training timing to a five day course depending on the needs of individual clients.

Besides the one day overview course of CNG and/or hydrogen vehicles, these additional one day sessions are possible:
  • Generic training of both alternative fuel vehicles as well fuel infrastructure technology
  • Detailed safety training for pressure vessels, vehicles, and fuelling infrastructure for hydrogen and natural gas
Target Groups
There are a wide variety of focused audiences for different training curricula:

Vehicle-related
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  • Manager conversion workshops
  • Conversion workshop technicians
  • Technical Manager car manufacturers
  • Technical Manager car importers
Fuelling station-related
  • Station owners or operators of fleets or public stations
  • Purchasing officers (fleets operators, especially)
  • Government planners
  • Others
 Safety-related
  • Fire marshals and inspectors
  • Building code officials (related to fuelling stations)
  • Vehicle safety inspectors
  • Other related safety professionals
Overviews, policy, strategic marketing and generic sales and marketing
  • Government-based policy makers, analysts, and special interest groups/NGOs who deal with policy makers on a regular basis
  • Generic audience of alternative fuel stakeholders, including equipment suppliers and marketers
  • Marketing directors and sales staff as well as strategic marketers and planners
  • Others hoping to get a range of overview information or very specific training in order to facilitate decision making and purchase decisions about clean fuels and clean fuel technologies.

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