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.

2023S, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC


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

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


Additional information

Pandemiebedingt kann das Format der Abhaltung der LVA abweichen.

Due to the pandemic the format of the lecture may vary.



Course dates

09:00 - 17:0027.03.2023 - 28.03.2023Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen
Hydrogen and fuel cells - Single appointments
Mon27.03.202309:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen
Tue28.03.202309:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen

Examination modalities

PLEASE NOTE: All exams at our institute are to be taken in GERMAN!

As all our written exams take place in parallel, registration for only one exam is permitted per exam date! Multiple registrations will not be tolerated! Failure to turn up to an exam to which the student has registered will result in an 8-week ban on the exam (in accordance with section 18a of the Statute on Study Law)! De-registrations after the registration deadline will not be considered!

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.02.2023 08:00 24.03.2023 12:00 24.03.2023 12:00


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ALG For all Students Elective


The current script will be made available to registered students of the course as a download in TISS at the beginning of the lecture.