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The Hydrogen Economy Program

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  • AIChE Members: $2,500
  • University of Houston Students/Alumni: $2,500
  • Non AIChE Members: $2,700
  • Non-University of Houston Students/Alumni: $2,700

*Promotional discounts do not apply to this program


In addition to CEUs and PDhs, this program will offer Silver Belt badges.

Fall 2023 dates will be announced soon

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Program Overview:

Energy professionals – current and future – have to be informed and equipped for an industry that is in transition. The Hydrogen Economy is a standalone micro-credential program that meets this need for an important component of the evolving global energy system. Designed and presented by leaders from industry and accomplished faculty from the University of Houston, the program provides a structured series of micro-credentials or “Badges” that cover the changing energy landscape and build the skills to succeed in it. The Hydrogen Economy is also a Silver Belt Program within the Sustainable Energy Development portfolio. It consists of 3 Badges, each of them a 15-hour module, delivered over a 3-week period. The Badges are stackable, and form part of the Certificate in Sustainable Energy Development.

Credentialing Overview:

This micro-credentialing program delivers a multi-disciplinary understanding of challenges and solutions to develop a viable hydrogen economy, and it is taught by world class instructors, including leaders from industry and the marketplace and accomplished faculty from the University of Houston, the Energy University, in the Energy Capital of the World.
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Silver Belt
This Silver Belt program builds upon the introduction to the energy transition given in the Bronze Belt in Sustainable Energy Development.
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Why This Program?

The energy transition is in progress, and the world is grappling with the energy trilemma: How can we supply energy that is affordable, accessible & reliable, and environmentally responsible, for everyone? There is no single solution to this formidable challenge; but hydrogen is a key component of most credible sustainable energy scenarios, with up to 10-fold growth projected for a global energy system that will increase less than two-fold over the next 30 - 50 years.
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Program Prerequisites:


  • Rising senior in a bachelor’s degree program or graduate student; business, engineering, or technology preferred.
  • Industry professional

Learning Objectives:

After successfully completing this program, participants will be able to understand:

  • Key characteristics and drivers for hydrogen as the decarbonization fuel of choice
  • Fundamentals for the existing hydrogen market, and how it is poised to change
  • Policy and strategy: Critical factors in building The Hydrogen Economy
  • Hydrogen as a means for transporting and storing renewable energy
  • Current and emerging options for producing hydrogen, including offshore options
  • Basics of hydrogen safety
  • Technical options for storing and transporting hydrogen, including decision factors
  • Fuel cells and their roles in transportation, in the electric grid, and in domestic and commercial power supply
  • Hydrogen fueled vehicles – from forklifts, trains and ships to aircraft
  • Hydrogen as a fuel to decarbonize industry
  • Trade-offs for use of hydrogen vs. electrification vs. advanced renewable hydrocarbon fuels as vectors for decarbonization

Delivery Format of the Course:

The course is available online by live, synchronous delivery. Some of the lectures may be prerecorded. The recorded segments are followed by live interaction with instructors in real time. The live interaction will be used to expand on some of the topics in the recorded lectures, and to resolve any misunderstandings and questions that learners may have.






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