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Hydrogen is a low-carbon, versatile energy vector which is to play an important role in the transition towards sustainable societies based on renewable energy sources. In this course we explore the current status and future perspective of automotive, stationary and consumer applications based on hydrogen technology. The lectures address the physical and chemical hydrogen properties, particularly focusing on the chemical flexibility of this element in interactions with matter. Various technical challenges related to hydrogen production, distribution, utilization, storage and safety will be discussed and presented from the energy system perspective.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will have a good knowledge of

  • the principles of hydrogen production and storage, as well as thermodynamics and kinetics of the processes involved
  • processes and technologies related to hydrogen production, utilization, storage and safety
  • operation, functionality and interaction among various components in the hydrogen-based energy systems
  • the role of electrolysers / fuel cells in energy systems with intermittent renewable energy sources
  • safety in hydrogen handling
  • technical realization of stationary and mobile hydrogen-based energy systems, including solutions for the heavy-duty transport sector
  • non-technical challenges for the adoption of hydrogen-based technologies, such as market and social factors
  • the national and international hydrogen-related initiatives, such as the Norwegian Hydrogen Forum, the International Energy Agency: IEA, Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, and the US Department of Energy: DOE

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

The courses TEK5390 and TEK9390 have common admission, with a maximum of 40 places. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. Students with admission to the master's programme Renewable Energy Systems (master's two years) have priority

  2. PhD candidates at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum and visiting PhD candidates

  3. For the remaining places, students will be given admission based on the regular rules (number of credits first, then on a first-come-first-served basis)

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be completed before you can attend the first mandatory laboratory exercise in TEK5390:

Basic knowledge in chemistry/physics, thermodynamics, solid-state chemistry/physics is recommended.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 3 hours of lectures per week throughout the semester.

There will be mandatory assignments (individually and/or in groups) and laboratory exercises which must be approved before the final examination. 

During the semester there will be invited lectures by industry and business representatives. 


  • A final oral exam counts 100% towards the final grade.

The course has mandatory assignments (individually and/or in groups) and laboratory exercises which must be approved before the final examination. 

It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

You may bring your course materials for the semester: the written exercises, laboratory exercises, the course literature and other materials distributed during the course.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass, the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 25, 2022 5:21:11 AM

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