The vision of the hydrogen economy is based on two expectations: (1) that hydrogen can be produced from domestic energy sources in a manner that is affordable and environmentally benign, and (2) that applications using hydrogen—fuel cell vehicles, for example—can gain market share in competition with the alternatives. To the extent that these expectations can be met, the United States, and indeed the world, would benefit from reduced vulnerability to energy disruptions and improved environmental quality, especially through lower carbon emissions. However, before this vision can become a reality, many technical, social, and policy challenges must be overcome. This report focuses on the steps that should be taken to move toward the hydrogen vision and to achieve the sought-after benefits. The report focuses exclusively on hydrogen, although it notes that alternative or complementary strategies might also serve these same goals well.

Hydrogen is an important commodity that’s used in many industries, from fertilizer to pharmaceuticals, and there is a well-established market for it. Hydrogen can also serve as a medium for storing electricity until it’s needed. Currently, most of the hydrogen for industrial use is produced from natural gas through a process called “steam reforming.” But that process results in carbon dioxide emissions.

Germany already has some 30 hybrid energy plants that take the surplus electricity from solar or wind farms and feed it into a power-to-gas process that relies on electrolysis to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.

Similar pilot projects are popping up in Texas, and a Japanese industrial group just announced plans for a massive clean-energy storage facility in Utah that would rely in part on hydrogen from renewable electricity.

The question is whether such hybrid energy facilities are worth the investment. Would the extra revenue from hydrogen sales be enough to justify investment in a power-to-gas facility? More ambitiously, can the addition of a power-to-gas facility make the entire hybrid energy system competitive, even though renewable power generation by itself is not? This Executive Leadership Education Program involves leading experts with highly complementary skills in fields such as hydrogen storage, economic analysis, safety, policy and regulation, and environmental impact, for example. The program will benefit directly from our solid connections with industry, academia, and government agencies, both home and abroad.

It provides a concise overview of the entire hydrogen value chain and looks at the possibilities and limitations of hydrogen in the future energy system.

What you learn

Acquire strategic insight into important building block of future energy system

  • Get the real facts behind the hydrogen hype
  • Understand how hydrogen works in power generation, energy storage, heating, industry and mobility
  • Identify new opportunities
  • Interact with experts and peers

What kind of career will I be prepared for?

This programme lays a solid foundation for those seeking to work as key players in project management of Hydrogen Economy. The skills acquired during the programme will be relevant for managers in local, national and international governmental bodies, the private and non-profit sector and for consultancy work.

The entrepreneurial content of the course is designed to stimulate and encourage students to initiate projects, businesses or organisations with the purpose of working towards sustainable development.

The tutored project

The purpose of the tutored project is to put the theoretical concepts into practice: the participant then understands the theoretical concepts more in depth and gets an experiential understanding of the practical hurdles that have to be addressed in real life.

The project can be a real case within the organization for which the participant works. The case has to be documented by the participant, approved by the business executive who sponsors the project and also approved by the tutoring teacher.

The teacher will regularly follow-up the progress of the project with the participant, and provide hints on how to deal with hurdles.

Who Should Attend?

The ELEP is highly recommended for professionals in and outside the energy sector who need to get an overview of the entire hydrogen value chain and want to know more about the possibilities hydrogen offers.

Participants that successfully ended the training are able to:

This program involves leading experts with highly complementary skills in fields such as hydrogen storage, economic analysis, safety, policy and regulation, and environmental impact, for example. The program will benefit directly from our solid connections with industry, academia, and government agencies, both home and abroad.