Hydrogen, Ammonia, Methanol > Introduction to Fuel Cells Technology

About This Classroom Training

Fuel cell technology is more crucial now than ever as the world faces the urgent need to combat climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy. These electrochemical devices offer a clean and efficient alternative to fossil fuel-based energy generation by converting the chemical energy of hydrogen into electricity, producing no harmful emissions. With the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially when powered by hydrogen derived from renewable sources, fuel cells present a compelling solution for decarbonization and climate change mitigation.

Moreover, fuel cells enhance energy security and diversification by operating on a variety of fuels, including hydrogen, natural gas, biogas, and renewable liquid fuels, reducing reliance on a single source. Their high efficiency, ranging from 40% to 60%, translates into substantial energy savings and reduced operating costs compared to conventional combustion-based technologies. Fuel cells can be deployed in a distributed manner, providing reliable and uninterrupted power to remote areas or critical infrastructure, while also serving as backup power sources during grid outages, thus enhancing the resilience of power systems.

This three-day classroom course builds to discuss where fuel cells are best used. The fuel cell types are classified, and their main features shown. The second half of the day starts with practical hands-on experimental work to see a hydrogen fuel cell in action. Key electrical features and behaviors will be introduced before exploring fuel cells and fuel cell systems on a component level. Chapters on key portable fuel cell applications, stationary and mobile applications, and a safety discussion round out the program. The additional two days will dive deeper into the specific behavior of fuel cells, system architecture, operating strategies, failure modes, and lifetime features. Economics and extended safety discussions will conclude the course.

This course will be delivered face-to-face over 3 days, comprising of 8 hours per day, 1 hour lunch and 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day. Course Duration: 24 hours in total, 24 CPD points. This course can also be delivered through Virtual Inspector Led Training (VILT).

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the context and the system boundaries of fuel cells, their advantages and limitations.
  • Recognise the technological attributes of fuel cells.
  • Explore the various types of fuel cells and their particular advantages for an application.
  • Comprehend the technological differences which make different fuel cell types particularly suitable for specific applications.
  • Consider qualify decisions and challenge paradigms around fuel cells and their use.
  • Mechanical Engineers functions in designing and optimising chemical processes for fuel cell production and improving thermal management systems.
  • Electrical Engineers involve in developing electrical systems and control circuits and integrating fuel cells with power electronics.
  • Materials Engineers testing new materials for fuel cells, such as membranes and electrodes.
  • Environmental Engineers assessing the environmental impacts of fuel cell technology and developing sustainable practices for its manufacturing and operation.
  • Chemists and Physicists conducting research on electrochemical reactions within fuel cells and advanced techniques to improve fuel cell efficiency.
  • R&D Managers managing research and development projects in fuel cell technology.
  • Quality Control Engineers responsible in ensuring the quality and reliability of fuel cells during production.
  • Power Systems Engineers accountable in designing and optimizing power systems that include fuel cells.
  • Fuel Cell System Integrators that integrate fuel cell systems into various applications.
  • Product Development Specialists developing new fuel cell products and applications.
  • Operations Managers roles in controlling the daily operations of fuel cell manufacturing plants.
  • Emissions Control and Renewable Energy Specialists developing technologies to reduce emissions from fuel cells.
  • Energy Consultants advising companies on fuel cell technology adoption and providing technical and market analysis.
  • Sustainability Coordinators promoting sustainable practices in fuel cell production and use.
  • Energy Regulators monitoring compliance and enforcing regulations.
  • Investment Analysts evaluating the financial potential of fuel cell technologies.
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  • Intermediate
  • Course material will be provided for future reference.
  • Each topic begins with a statement of the intended learning outcome (LO).
  • Activities such as exercise, practical work, quizzes, videos and assessment will be incorporated.
  • One to One Session for individual questions and needs.

Your expert instructor is a highly accomplished expert in the field of Fuel Cell Technology and Hydrogen Technologies. With over 27 years of experience, he has garnered a wealth of knowledge and expertise in various aspects of hydrogen generation, storage, transportation, distribution, and electrochemical conversion systems like fuel cells and electrolysers.

His educational background is equally impressive. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) in Materials Science from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK, and the prestigious title of Six Sigma Black Belt.

His professional journey began with a 5-year tenure as a scientific researcher at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Württemberg, Germany (ZSW). He then spent 14 years at SGL Carbon, a global leader in carbon and graphite manufacturing, where he played pivotal roles in the development and production of Gas Diffusion Media.

Your expert instructor`s expertise in hydrogen storage and transportation systems was further solidified during his time at SGL Group, where he spearheaded the technological aspects of the company’s fuel cell component offerings, including bipolar plates and gas diffusion layers. His contributions helped establish the SIGRACET® brand as a world leader in the field.

Following his tenure at SGL Carbon, he spent 8 significant years with BMW AG as a Technology Manager within the hydrogen fuel cell car program, known as iX5 Hydrogen. In this critical role, he oversaw quality and safety management across the entire hydrogen system, enabling the release and certification of fuel cell electric vehicles for public roads. This encompassed tanks, hydrogen supply systems, fuel cell systems, and in-house hydrogen infrastructure.

His contributions extend beyond his corporate roles. He has created educational materials for the Hydrogen Academy, covering the hydrogen value chain, hydrogen economy, storage, transportation, fuel cell technology, and other industrial applications. He has conducted professional training sessions on this material for clients of the Hydrogen Academy and for a training company located in northern Germany.

Moreover, he has earned recognition as a tentative trainer (successfully passing all assessments) for Hydrogen Technology, Quality, and Safety Management at TÜV Süd Akademie GmbH. For the past 3 years, he has been actively engaged as a freelance educator, offering comprehensive courses that encompass the entire hydrogen value chain.

With his extensive experience and deep knowledge, your expert instructor is a true authority in the field of Fuel Cell Technology and a valuable asset in advancing sustainable hydrogen storage, transportation, and distribution solutions.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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