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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology

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

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 (HYTEC) 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.

Students in lab

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.

Industry building

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


studying energy engineering


as a student at aau you encounter …

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

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 successful 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. Learn more about PBL.

Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what 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 and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

studying in aalborg

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 major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.


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.

Rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system

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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