4CBLM00 (Q4 – 2023-2024) Preparation

Background knowledge

The energy transition can be studied from many angles and on many topics. Therefore we ask you to read some material in advance to prepare for this course. We expect you to have this knowledge when the course starts.
We expect you to read some chapters from two books. The background knowledge we expect you to have from the first book consists of the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Engineering Economic Tools
Chapter 3: Climate Change and Climate Modeling
Chapter 18: Conclusion: Creating the Twenty-First-Century Energy System

You can access the book here or download the individual chapters from the Canvas course page: https://www.accessengineeringlibrary.com/content/book/9781260456400

Vanek, Francis M., Louis D. Albright, Largus T. Angenent, Michael W. Ellis, and David A. Dillard. 2022. Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation. 4th ed. New York: McGraw Hill.


The background knowledge we expect you to have from the second book consists of the following sections:

Section 2.4: Sector coupling—The next phase in the energy transition
Section 3.3: The role of hydrogen in achieving climate and environmental targets
Section 3.4: Public acceptance of hydrogen
Section 9.2.1: Fundamentals of water electrolysis
Section 10.2: Low-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

You can access the book here or download the individual chapters from the Canvas course page: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-22100-2

Neugebauer, R. (2023). Hydrogen Technologies (1st ed.). Springer Cham.


You can use those as background information to select a theme for your Preparatory Assignment. The abstracts and suggested papers by the lecturers will be provided later.

Preparatory assignment

To make sure groups have enough time to dive into the (technical) content of your respective projects, we ask you to prepare a couple of things before the start of the summer school. These things are related to the workshops in which we define the project topic and group composition.

Please make sure you prepare yourself before attending the first meeting on the 12th of August. You can make use of the material provided by us (but of course you are allowed to do some research yourself if you like).

In the course, you will work in a group and focus on one of the stages in the Hydrogen Supply Chain. Study the provided reading material in advance, and based on this, you should be able to select which stage you want to do research in and work on. The stages of the Hydrogen Supply Chain you can choose from are:

  1. Energy Sources/Production:
  2. Storage
  3. Transportation/Supply
  4. Utilization

We ask you to create a top 3 of the stages you would like to work on. Please share them with us on CANVAS before Fri 2nd of August. For 1 of those stages, you will need to prepare a short pitch (1 minute). The pitch should be about why you should be in the team that investigates the topic of your choice. We will ask you to pitch on the Mon 12th of August at the start of the course. For this pitch, you need to submit a PowerPoint file (.pptx) which contains two slides. On the first slide, you will show who you are, and on the second slide, you will tell us why you want to investigate this stage of the Hydrogen Supply Chain. Submit the PowerPoint slide pack on CANVAS before Fri 2nd of August.

On Mon 12th of August, you will be assigned to one of the topics.

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