Hydrogen Society - Plan your own HydroCity

  Possible uses of hydrogen as an energy carrier in our society Copyright: © AVT.CVT RWTH Aachen

Topic Description and Motivation

Hydrogen will be one of the main energy carriers in a decarbonized, sustainable future. Worldwide, more and more countries are striving to evolve towards a so-called hydrogen society: A society with low-cost and zero-emission production of hydrogen, a distribution infrastructure, and applications in the industrial, mobility, heating, and power sectors. The transition to a hydrogen-based energy system will be a herculean journey affecting all dimensions of our society. To comprehend this societal transformation interdisciplinary, technical, social, ecological, and political engineering will be required. Learn about the challenges and promises of a hydrogen-based economy by participating in interactive workshops, real-world case studies and lectures by high-profile speakers. Within two weeks you will design your own sustainable Hydro-City and present your concept to local experts.

Preliminary Program

Time period: 13.09.-24.09.2021​

Based on the knowledge gained in the Summer School you will plan your own "HydroCity" - a city whose energy supply is based on hydrogen.

Day 1-3: Introduction of the concept "Hydrogen Society".

  • Sustainability strategy, life cycle assessment, socio-economic and political issues.
  • Development of your first own vision of the "HydroCity".

Day 4-5: Hydrogen production

  • Technological developments, economics and emissions of different hydrogen generation methods e.g. electrolysis, steam reforming.

Day 6-7: Application of hydrogen in mobility, industry and at the end user e.g. fuel cell cars, steel production with H2.

Day 8-9: Hydrogen storage and distribution

  • Pipelines, tanks, salt caverns
  • Integration of a hydrogen strategy into society.
  • Social acceptance.

Day 10: Final presentations of the HydroCity concepts to local experts


Format: Block event- online (presence, if possible)

Morning session (9:00 – 12:00) and afternoon session (13:00 – 16:00)

Participant profile:

Open to all students

Maximum number of participants: 20

Further information

Organizer: Aachener Verfahrenstechnik - Chemical Process Engineering (CVT)

Contact person: Wibke Zängler, M.Sc.

Language: English