Fuel Cell Basics & Hydrogen Safety
40 hours

Fuel Cell Basics & Hydrogen Safety

Next running date: March 2017 in Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands and Portugal – April 2017 in Germany – May 2017 in The Netherlands

Application, working principle, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of fuel cell systems, and hydrogen safety

Hydrogen economy is being considered as the next big leap towards renewable energy. Fuel cells will play a major role in hydrogen economy. Additionally, several types of fuel cells are fuel flexible devices capable of increasing the energy conversion efficiencies significantly. Following this idea, this course is designed to provide an overview on fuel cells and hydrogen. The course is divided into several units that include:

  • Fuel cells background and history, basics and working of different types of fuel cells, and application of fuel cells

  • Hydrogen storage, handling and infrastructure, introduction to detonation, deflagration and alternative fuels

  • Overview of fuel cell stack design and components, introduction to tools, normal operation and control of conditions, calculations, rules of thumb and applications

  • Overview of systems taking into account technical drawings, safety aspects, maintenance, diagnostics and failure analysis

After completing the course the student will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of low and high temperature fuel cells

  • Realise the most common balance of plant components in a fuel cell system

  • Relate to the safety aspects of fuel cells and hydrogen

  • Read and identify the different system components through technical drawings

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform elementary diagnostics and failure analysis

  • Successfully assemble, disassemble and operate fundamental fuel cell systems