Optimisation, Analysis and Control of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Systems


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 2nd semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering with specialisation in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge and comprehension within how to design, optimise, control and analyse fuel cells and hydrogen systems
  • Have knowledge and comprehension within first principle analysis methods


  • Be able to judge the usefulness of the used different scientific methods for the design, optimisation and control systems for fuel cell and hydrogen systems
  • Be able to verify the different scientific analysis and methods by means of laboratory experiments.
  • Be able to apply first principle analysis methods to complex thermo- or fluid-dynamical as well as chemical processing systems


  • Be able to control the working and development process within the project theme, and be able to develop new solutions within optimisation, control, and analysis of fuel cell and hydrogen systems
  • Be able to show entrepreneurship to define and analyse scientific problems in the area of optimisation, control, and diagnostic analysis of fuel cell and hydrogen systems, and based on that make and state the reasons for decisions made
  • Be able to materialise innovative ideas within the area of optimisation, control, and analysis of fuel cell and hydrogen systems
  • Be able to independently continue own development in competence and specialisation
  • Be able to follow more sophisticated literature, or state-of-the-art, within fuel cell and hydrogen systems

Type of instruction

Problem based project organised work in groups. The project can be made in cooperation with external partners and the project can be a disciplinary project, a cross disciplinary project or a part of a multi-disciplinary project, where several groups from the department do different parts of a larger project. Finally, the project can also be a part of a so-called MEGA project also in cooperation with industry, where several project groups from more departments are participating, each doing their part of the large project to find a total solution.

The project work must be documented by a scientific paper (max. 8 pages) accompanied by a project summary report. The project summary report should elaborate the project details and conclusions. The maximum length of the summary report (report without appendices) is 50 pages, and in addition the summary report should follow the rules as laid down by the Study Board in “Procedure for Project Work”, i.e. the total number of pages must not exceed 30 + 15 × number of students in the project group. The scientific paper will be presented at a conference arranged within the Department of Energy Technology prior to the project examination.

The project should be based upon a fuel cell and hydrogen technology system to which an optimisation, control or diagnostic system is to be set up. First, the system is to be modelled and different system identification methods can be applied to determine the parameters of the system. The system model is verified by simulations and data time series from either a real system or a laboratory set up. Based on the model, the optimisation, control- or diagnostic system is set up to improve the performance of the system, either with regard to power output, energy efficiency, life time extraction, fault detections etc. and the system should be implemented and verified experimentally.

Due to special technical or scientific documentation requirements, the student documents the project work in a project report, which can be prepared individually or in a group within the project theme; however the student’s special preferences for the semester must be approved by the Study Board in advance.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 20 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 600 hours for the student


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • It is a pre-condition that the student has submitted a scientific article and presented the scientific article at the CES conference prior to the project examination. All group members must be present at the conference.


Name of examOptimisation, Analysis and Control of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The project group should orally present the project work and scientific paper as specified in the Examination Policies and Procedures, Addendum to the Joint Programme Regulations. The project group members will undergo an oral examination with internal adjudicator, based on the scientific paper and the project summary report.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Project on 3rd Semester Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technology.

The student may follow a relevant study as a guest student (30 ECTS) at another university in Denmark or abroad, see details in Moodle. However, the student's special preferences for the semester must be approved by the Study Board in advance.

Facts about the module

Danish titleOptimering, analyse og regulering af brændselscelle- og brintsystemer
Module codeN-EE-K3-2A
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science