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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology

To enable a sustainable and clean future energy supply, continuous depletion of fossil fuel reserves and environmental issues, associated with the exploitation of these energy resources, promotes the development of automotive, stationary and consumer applications powered by fuel cells. Fuel cells and hydrogen systems are important technologies, which may contribute positively to the global energy situation. Already, fuel cells are used commercially in a wide range of applications in products. Other applications will follow in the future.

The specialisation in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology (HYTEC) covers advanced aspects, including energy system modelling, heat and mass transfer, control engineering, and experimental work.

The specialisation also involves different hydrogen and fuel cell related components and energy system aspects. A new laboratory has been built, giving you the possibility of constructing and operating fuel cell-based technologies in real applications.

The objectives of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology MSc syllabus are:

  • To provide you with general knowledge of the design, modelling and optimisation of energy systems used in various energy production applications involving fuel cell technology
  • To enable you to comprehend the detailed operation, functionality and interaction between the various components used in fuel cell and hydrogen production systems
  • For you to develop analytic skills in system integration with respect to system efficiency and control engineering aspects of fuel cell energy systems
  • For you to obtain the knowledge needed to construct and operate fuel cell based technologies in the laboratory and in real applications
  • To teach you knowledge related to the practical realisation and implementation of fuel cell systems, especially pertaining to innovative aspects, business planning and financial considerations.

The themes of the three-semester study in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology give you an in-depth understanding of the technologies of fuel cell systems and hydrogen production and storage. The programme is multidisciplinary, integrating general engineering disciplines, such as thermal systems, fluid dynamics, control engineering and electrical engineering.


Study topics - Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology

  • Should future vehicles be based on hydrogen propulsion systems?
  • How can the most cost-effective, energy optimised, hydrogen and fuel cell systems be developed?
  • Can we replace our present oil supply infrastructure with a hydrogen supply infrastructure? And how?
  • How can hydrogen and fuel cell systems be included in and help stabilise a future energy supply based on sustainable energy sources?
  • Which types of fuel cells are the most suitable for given applications? 


Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.


Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning, where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a succesful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well-prepared for your future career.

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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