315.752 Hydrogen and fuel cells
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to quantitatively assess the role of hydrogen and fuel cells as potential future environmentally friendly energy sources and converters based on electrochemical and process engineering principles, and assess specific application examples, especially in the area of transport and traffic. The entire energy chain (well-to-wheel) is the focus of attention, but life cycle assessments will also be familiar to students. The history of hydrogen and fuel cell technology forms the basis for considering the current state of the art. Hydrogen production, hydrogen logistics and hydrogen storage in stationary plants or on board vehicles are a focus of the acquired knowledge. The refueling process for pressurized hydrogen is presented in detail. A sufficiently deep understanding of the electrochemical principles of the fuel cell is achieved for the vehicle technology engineer. The various types of fuel cells and their applications are known. The applications of hydrogen and fuel cell technology as well as their specific characteristics in the areas of transport (on land, in the air/in space, on water), stationary systems, mobile devices and the industry are conveyed. The fuel cell powertrain for vehicles and its components are presented to the students in detail so that they may apply their knowledge to new constellations. The principles of fuel cell operation in different vehicle situations including freeze start are aimed to be mastered. Safety concepts for fuel cell vehicles will be assessed. The basic knowledge of codes and standards for the corresponding vehicle and component development will have been developed. The current status and planning for a hydrogen filling station infrastructure worldwide are presented. An overview of current fuel cell vehicles and their different structure is shown to students. The well-to-wheel balance of emissions and energy consumption of different fuels and drives is presented in the overview and can be calculated by means of a software tool. The life cycle assessment of a product as an extension of the well-to-wheel balance is familiar to the students.


In addition to the technical aspects, the students are also able to assess the economic side after completing the course.


Subject of course


Teaching methods

Classical lecture (presentation), accompanying open discussion, introduction to using the Optiresource Software, discussion of case studies, discussion of the calculation of exercise examples, introduction to the use of automotive development methodology.


Mode of examination




Course dates

09:00 - 17:0023.03.2020 - 24.03.2020Seminarraum BA 10B Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen
Hydrogen and fuel cells - Single appointments
Mon23.03.202009:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen
Tue24.03.202009:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen

Examination modalities

Prüfungen finden (schriftlich) zu den monatlichen Instituts-Prüfungsterminen statt (die Termine sind ersichtlich in der LV 315.282 "KFZ-Technik", alle dort angegebenen Termine sind potentielle Prüfungstermine für diese Lehrveranstaltung). Die Lehrveranstaltung wird nicht in jedem einzelnen Monat geprüft, sondern - abhängig von Nachfrage und Platz im Hörsaal - möglichst oft! Anmeldungen sind jeweils nur zum nächstmöglichen Termin möglich!

Prüfungsan- und abmeldungen erfolgen im TISS, sofern ein Termin angelegt ist. Ist kein Termin im TISS ersichtlich, bitte eine E-Mail an info@ifa.tuwien.ac.at senden, unter Angabe von Lehrveranstaltung, Matrikelnummer und Kennzahl.

Da die schriftlichen Prüfungen parallel stattfinden, ist pro Termin die Anmeldung zu nur 1 Prüfung gestattet! Mehrfachanmeldungen werden nicht toleriert, zumal Sie anderen Kandidaten die Prüfungsplätze wegnehmen. Nicht-Erscheinen zum angemeldeten Prüfungstermin hat eine Prüfungssperre von 8 Wochen (gem. § 18a Satzungsteil „Studienrechtliche Bestimmungen“) zur Folge! Abmeldungen außerhalb der Frist können nicht berücksichtigt werden!

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.01.2020 08:00 20.03.2020 12:00 20.03.2020 12:00


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ALG For all Students


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