Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Technology and Power-to-X


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 2nd semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering or similar.

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about the components that make up an electrochemical cell
  • Understand the thermodynamics of fuel cells and electrolysers
  • Understand the relations governing the kinetics of electrochemical reactions
  • Understand the mechanisms governing charge, mass and energy transport within electrodes and electrolytes
  • Understand how the individual processes are coupled
  • Understand system integration in PtX systems


  • Understand the differences in the various types of fuel cells and electrolyzers, and be able to decide where they are applied
  • Be able to dimension a fuel cell or electrolyzer according to the specified power input and output
  • Be able to model the performance of an individual fuel cell or electrolyzer


  • Independently be able to analyse and model real electrochemical cells
  • Independently be able to identify the validity or limitations of an electrochemical model
  • Independently be able simplify an electrochemical model so it is applicable in modelling of thermal or electrical systems

Type of instruction

The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, exercises and self‐ studies, including e-learning activities.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examFuel Cells, Hydrogen Technology and Power-to-X
Type of exam
Oral exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
For more information about permitted aids, please visit the course description in Moodle.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBrændselsceller, brintteknologi og Power-to-X
Module codeN-EE-K3-15C
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science