Hydrogen Energy: Production, Storage, Transportation and Safety

By Prof. Pratibha Sharma   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 2488
The course will comprehensively cover all the aspects of the hydrogen energy value chain including production methods from hydrocarbons & renewables, separation & purification, storage, transportation & distribution, refueling, utilization in various sectors, associated energy conversion devices, sensing and safety. Technical comparisons of various processes and technologies, economic aspects & cost analysis, regulations, codes and standards, global status and future directions will be discussed. The course will provide a broad knowledge of hydrogen as an energy carrier, the way it will play an important role in various sectors towards decarbonization, current limitations and future scenarios.


INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG, PG and PhD students from Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Science, Energy Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering disciplines, however it is open to all those interested; faculty and industry personnel interested in hydrogen energy

 Oil and Gas PSUs, Renewables based industries, Energy systems related industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Energy and Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 :Properties of hydrogen, global status of supply and demand, methods of hydrogen production, steam reforming, tutorial
Week 2 :Advanced methods of steam reforming, partial oxidation, autothermal reforming, combined reforming, reforming using alternate energy sources, tutorial
Week 3 : Hydrogen production from methane decomposition, from coal and biomass, tutorial
Week 4 : Hydrogen separation and purification, thermochemical cycles for hydrogen production, fundamentals for electrolysis of water
Week 5 : Components of electrolytic cell, configuration of electrolyzer stack, different electrolyzer technologies, photoelectrochemical hydrogen production, technical and economic comparison of different production methods and global status, cost analysis, tutorial
Week 6 : Introduction to hydrogen storage, underground hydrogen storage, fundamentals of hydrogen compression and expansion
Week 7 : Mechanical and non-mechanical hydrogen compressors; compressed hydrogen tank types and design considerations, tutorial
Week 8 : Hydrogen liquefaction, liquid state hydrogen storage tanks, fundamentals of hydrogen storage in adsorption based materials
Week 9 : Fundamentals and thermodynamics of absorption based hydrogen storage, metal hydrides, types of metal hydrides, metal hydride based systems design, tutorial
Week 10 : Novel materials for solid state hydrogen storage; economics of storage; Long distance hydrogen transport via pipelines, ships and in form of LOHC; hydrogen transport via road; hydrogen refueling stations
Week 11: Use of hydrogen in internal combustion engines, fuel cells, hydrogen sensing
Week 12 :Properties of hydrogen associated with hazards, classification of hydrogen hazards, compressed and liquid hydrogen related hazards, regulation, codes and standards, utilization of hydrogen in various sectors, global status and future directions

Books and references

1. Gupta, R. B., Hydrogen Fuel: Production, Transport and Storage, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.
2. Global Hydrogen Review 2021, IEA (2021), Paris, https://www.iea.org/reports/global-hydrogen-review-2021
3. AgataGodula-Jopek, Hydrogen Production by Electrolysis, Wiley-VCH, Germany, 2015
4. Tzimas, E., Filiou, C., Peteves, S.D., &Veyret, J.B. “Hydrogen storage: state-of-the-art and future perspective. Netherlands”: European Communities, 2003.
5. Michael Hirscher, “Handbook of Hydrogen Storage”, Wiley-VCH, 2010.

Instructor bio

Prof. Pratibha Sharma

IIT Bombay
Prof. Pratibha Sharma is a Professor in the department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE) at IIT Bombay. Her research interest lies in the field of hydrogen energy specifically solid state hydrogen storage materials, storage systems design and development for various applications. She is leading several multi-institutional projects on hydrogen where several other IITs, industries and research organisation are collaborating. She has several international collaborationsand also established a multi-institutional R & D centre on Hydrogen at IIT Bombay. At IIT Bombay she has established four different research laboratories: (i) Hydrogen Storage Lab, (ii) DST- IIT Bombay Energy Storage Platform on Hydrogen (ESPHy), (iii) Energy Materials Synthesis Lab and (iv) Hydrogen Systems and Application Lab (HySAL). She has been teaching the course on Hydrogen Energy (EN 610) since 2010.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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