Summer School: "The Hydrogen Society"

  Schema of a hydrogen society Copyright: © AVT.CVT

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. Comprehending this global transformation requires interdisciplinary, technical, social, ecological, and political engineering. We want to initiate this step together with you. Discover the opportunities and challenges of a sustainable future by using interactive workshops, real-world case studies and lectures by high-profile speakers. During the two weeks, you will learn about the interconnections of an internationally networked hydrogen society, plan your "HydroGrid" and present your concept developed in the Summer School to experts.

Day 1-10:

Based on the knowledge gained in the Summer School you will plan and evaluate a hydrogen supply and distribution strategy - globally and locally.

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

- Sustainability strategy, life cycle assessment, socio-economic and political issues

- Development of your first own vision of an international hydrogen society

Day 4-5: Hydrogen production

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

Day 6-7: Hydrogen storage and distribution

- Pipelines, tanks, salt caverns

- Integration of a hydrogen strategy into society

- Social acceptance

Day 8-9: Application of hydrogen

- Mobility, industry and end user, e. g. fuel cell cars or steel production with H2

Day 10: Final presentations of the “HydroGrid” - concepts to experts

Time period: 04.10.2022-14.10.2022

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

Morning session (9:00 – 12:00) and afternoon session (13:00-17:00 Uhr)​

Language: German (English knowledge required)

Participant profile: open to all students with interest to technical problem sets

Maximum number of participants: 20 students



Wibke Zängler

Scientific Staff


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