SWITCH On Skills

Free  |  Level 4 (10 credits)  |  Swansea University  |  Online  |  12 Weeks

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the hydrogen economy, focusing on the production, distribution, and utilisation of hydrogen as a key component in the transition to sustainable energy. It covers the scientific principles, technical challenges, and market dynamics of hydrogen, alongside practical applications in various industries. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of hydrogen’s role in achieving a low-carbon future and the latest advancements in hydrogen technology.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for professionals working in the energy sector, environmental science, engineering, and policy-making. It is ideal for individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge of hydrogen technologies and their applications in the renewable energy landscape. Additionally, it benefits consultants, project managers, and researchers who aim to contribute to the development and implementation of hydrogen-based solutions.

Course Aims

  • • Understand the fundamental properties and production methods of hydrogen.
  • • Explore the role of hydrogen in the energy transition and its market potential.
  • • Learn about the technical challenges and innovations in hydrogen storage, distribution, and utilisation.
  • • Examine case studies of hydrogen applications in various sectors.
  • • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate hydrogen projects and policies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • • Explain the basic properties of hydrogen and its importance in the energy sector.
  • • Identify and compare different hydrogen production methods, including their advantages and limitations.
  • • Analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with hydrogen storage and distribution.
  • • Evaluate the economic and environmental impacts of hydrogen technologies.
  • • Apply knowledge of hydrogen systems to real-world scenarios and policy development.

Course Programme

  • Introduction to Hydrogen:
    • Properties and significance of hydrogen
    • Historical context and current status
  • Hydrogen Production:
    • Steam methane reforming
    • Electrolysis
    • Biomass gasification
    • Emerging technologies (e.g., photoelectrochemical, thermochemical water splitting)
  • Storage and Distribution:
    • Long-term storage solutions
    • Pipeline and transportation infrastructure
    • Safety concerns and technical challenges
  • Hydrogen Applications:
    • Energy generation and grid integration
    • Industrial uses (e.g., ammonia production, oil refining)
    • Transportation and fuel cells
  • Economic and Environmental Impact:
    • Market trends and growth potential
    • Policy frameworks and regulatory considerations
    • Comparative analysis of hydrogen and other renewable energy sources
  • Case Studies and Practical Applications:
    • Real-world examples of hydrogen projects
    • Lessons learned and best practices
    • Future outlook and research directions

Course Delivery

The course is conveniently delivered through Swansea University’s Learning Management System, Canvas, providing a seamless online learning experience. The course spans 12 weeks, requiring participants to dedicate approximately 3 hours per week to complete it. This structure allows for a manageable yet comprehensive exploration of the hydrogen economy.

Throughout the course, participants will engage in three progressive assessment quizzes, complemented by a comprehensive final written assessment that culminates their learning journey. All assessments are conveniently submitted through the secure and user-friendly platform, Canvas.

To ensure a supportive and enriching learning environment, expert guidance and assistance are readily available from our project lecturers and dedicated learning technologists. These experienced professionals can be easily reached through Canvas or via email.


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