Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology

When you study Energy Engineering, you can choose the specialisation in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology (HYTEC).

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To enable a sustainable and clean energy supply in the future, we need to depend less on fossil fuel reserves because it is more environmentally sustainable to promote the development of automotive, stationary and consumer applications powered by fuel cells. Fuel cells and hydrogen systems are important technologies, which may make a positive impact on the global energy situation. Fuel cells are already 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 covers energy system modelling, heat and mass transfer, control engineering, and experimental work. You will also learn about different hydrogen and fuel cell related components and energy system aspects.

Excellent laboratories are available so you have the opportunity to construct and operate fuel cell-based technologies in real applications.

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You will explore topics such as:

  • Design, modelling and optimisation of energy systems used in various energy production applications involving fuel cell and hydrogen technology including various power-to-fuel and power-to-gas technologies
  • Operation, functionality and interaction between the various components used in fuel cell and hydrogen production systems
  • Development of analytic skills in system integration with respect to system efficiency and control engineering aspects of fuel cell energy systems
  • Construction and operation of fuel cell based technologies in the laboratory and in real applications
  • Practical realisation and implementation of fuel cell systems, especially pertaining to innovative aspects, business planning and financial considerations

The specialisation in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology gives 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.

In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with relevant issues within the programme’s field of study that challenge you to use all of your knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This will better prepare you for your own work life after you graduate.

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This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

Energy engineers have a wide range of career opportunities such as in R&D departments in major companies working with hydrogen and fuel cell based technologies and systems. You can work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions. Your future employer may be Danfoss, Vattenfall, Maersk, Grundfos, Siemens, power plants, the public sector or consultancies.

See the brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes (pdf):
Brochure about the Energy Master’s programmes



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    Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning which means that you work in a team on a written assignment each semester - possibly in collaboration with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally; including by UNESCO.
    The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competencies at a high academic level in an independent way. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, which will ensure that you are well prepared for your future career.
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    When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students who have roughly the same academic interests and ambitions as yourself. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students.
    Learn more about group work at AAU.

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    The Department of Energy Technology works closely with the industry; particularly some of the leading companies within the field of energy technology. This means that you have the possibility to work with some of the real-life issues and problems that companies and organisations face. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your academic competencies with an industry-oriented and practical angle.

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    At the Department of Energy Technology teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic fields that they teach. Therefore, you have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated and passionate teachers. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.
    Learn more about the teaching methods at AAU and the research programmes at the Department of Energy Technology.

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    The laboratories at the Department of Energy Technology are of the highest standard and you will work in the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology.
    Learn more about the laboratory facilities at the Department of Energy Technology.

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    As a university city, Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other university cities in Denmark, it is easy to find good student accommodation in Aalborg.
    Learn more about student life in Aalborg and what it means to study in Aalborg.


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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.

learn more about Pbl at aau