The Hydrogen Economy Program
- Course ID: CH200
- Type: Instructor-led Virtual Course
- Language: English
- Skill Level: Basic
- CEUs: 4.30
- PDHs: 43.00
What You'll Learn | Who Should Attend | Outline
In collaboration with:
- 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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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.
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.
The program is offered in 15-hour modules, each over a 3-week period. Digital badges are awarded for each module, and a set of 3 badges earns you a Belt. The Hydrogen Economy is a standalone program. However, it is also a Silver Belt Program within the Sustainable Energy Development portfolio. The introductory Sustainable Energy Development Bronze Belt, followed by two additional Belts (Silver or Gold) lead to the coveted UH Digital Certificate in Sustainable Energy Development. The badges and belts provide a permanent record, endorsed by UH Energy and the University of Houston, that can be made a part of your resume to credential your new skills.
Participants will also receive a certificate of completion from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers which includes 43 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 4.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of the program.
This Silver Belt program builds upon the introduction to the energy transition given in the Bronze Belt in Sustainable Energy Development.
It provides a deeper look at hydrogen – one of the most promising vehicles for decarbonizing the global energy system. The three badges explore hydrogen production, hydrogen transportation, safety and use, and the commercial opportunity for hydrogen. A capstone project is included, to consolidate the multidisciplinary learnings of this exciting new program.
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.
Hydrogen is currently used heavily in the process industries, and it is seen as a significant future replacement option for the fossil fuels that are now used in power generation, transportation and industry. However, most hydrogen today is produced from fossil energy sources. It will need to be decarbonized if it is to take its place as a dominant player in sustainable energy.
This interactive, online educational program shares insights into the technology, economics, policy, and business drivers and barriers for hydrogen, both in the short term and in the long term. It examines hydrogen’s production, transportation, safety, use, and commercial opportunities, and considers both onshore and offshore applications. It also includes a capstone project to consolidate the learnings, and to better equip you, as an energy professional, with skills, knowledge and expertise to thrive in the Hydrogen Economy.
- Rising senior in a bachelor’s degree program or graduate student; business, engineering, or technology preferred.
- Industry professional
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.