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CK2320 Hydrogen 7.5 credits

The area of ​​hydrogen production and usage has recently emerged as a key area for the green transition of industry and society. The course Hydrogen is a new master course that reflects the extensive research and the industrial developments in the field. The course is given by the Department of Chemical Engineering at KTH as a part of the master program: Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment but is also available for other master programs at KTH and as a Lifelong-Learning course. The course is a further development and deepening of the topic that was previously given in the course KE2300 Electrochemical energy devices. The course focuses on the techniques for the electrochemical conversion of water and hydrogen in electrolysers and fuel cells, but covers infrastructure, storage and distribution as well and the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier in transport and industrial applications. Aspects such as safety, socio-economics issues and sustainability are also discussed. Activities such as lecures and labs will be given at KTH campus for master students but on-line for life-long-learning students expect for examination that will be on campus for everbody.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Chemical Engineering for Energy and Environment, åk 1, Recommended

Master's Programme, Molecular Science and Engineering, åk 2, Recommended

Master's Programme, Vehicle Engineering, åk 1, Conditionally Elective


P3 (7.5 hp)


14 Jan 2025
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 12

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CK2320 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course mainly addresses following areas:

  • Production of hydrogen: functional principles, materials, design, properties and performance of different types of electrolysers for hydrogen production and comparisons with other hydrogen production methods.
  • Storage and distribution of hydrogen: comparison of different technical solutions.
  • Use of hydrogen gas: functional principles, materials, design, properties and performance of different types of fuel cells. Use of hydrogen for transport, industry, the electricity grid and the production of fuels and chemicals.
  • The hydrogen society: system integration, socio-economic and political aspects, safety, circularity and sustainability.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall goal for the participants is to acquire knowledge about the production, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen.

After completing the course, for a passing grade students must be able to:

  • Describe operating principles, performance measures and characterization methods for electrolysers and fuel cells.
  • Explain how operating conditions, material selection and design affect the properties of electrochemical energy converters.
  • Compare technologies for hydrogen storage and distribution.
  • Discuss areas of application and system aspects, including making choices and evaluate technologies and be able to inform others about the technology.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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