Hydrogen in transportation for a safe and sustainable future

Hydrogen in transportation for a safe and sustainable future

On 03.06.2020, the Norwegian Minister for Petroleum and Energy and the Minister for Climate and Environment presented the Norwegian government's hydrogen strategy. They declared that “there is a broad commitment to zero emission technologies and solutions through our existing support schemes.” “Hydrogen will be an important contributor towards a low emission society, particularly for transport and industry. We have strengthened several of the instruments bringing hydrogen solutions closer to the market.”

This village focuses on technological and societal issues of hydrogen use as fuel in transportation. The main objective is to identify current issues and suggest related solutions.
In the search for low-carbon fuels with high-energy content, hydrogen represents the end-point. It almost nullifies transportation emissions and, at the same time, is strategic for the Norwegian energy sector, as overproduction peaks from renewables may be turned into hydrogen.

Multidisciplinary alliances need to be formed to harness diverse skills. This will allow understanding if hydrogen transport technologies are efficient, safe, energetically and economically sustainable, and their environmental and social impact.

H2 in transportation

Relevant competency

Such an important topic needs a cross-disciplinary approach, and students from all the studies are welcome. Some examples of relevant competences in the following:

  • Mechanical engineering or marine technology will be useful to address efficient design of H2 means of transportation;
  • RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintenance and Safety) or SHE (Safety Health and Environment) competence to assure safe H2 use;
  • Sustainable energy or environmental engineering to manage the environmental impact of this new technology;
  • Economics or technology management to address the economic perspective;
  • Applied ethics for the social repercussion of this technology change;
  • Etc.


About the village 

The village shall investigate relevant aspects from the whole value chain of hydrogen technology (from industry and authorities to end users/general public), with special emphasis on the potential obstacles and bottlenecks for implementation of hydrogen as fuel.

The village involves activities and seminars – some of which are in collaboration with the parallel village on “Renewable Hydrogen”. You will be working with project/programme leaders/managers, researchers (Master & PhD students and PostDocs). If/when appropriate, the results findings will be published in peer-review international journals.

The main external partners are SINTEF and the NTNU Team Hydrogen, which are respectively the largest independent research organization and the largest R&D group in Scandinavia. 

There is the possibility to work on a series of exciting projects run by SINTEF:

  • Increase of the lifetime of H2 fuel cell city buses;
  • Fuel cells in high-speed passenger boats, in ferries, and cruise ships;
  • Techno-economic studies and life cycle analysis of hydrogen technologies;
  • Safe Hydrogen Fuel Handling and Use for Efficient Implementation;
  • Processes and technologies for production of green H2 from fossil and renewable sources;
  • H2 liquefaction processing and transport;
  • Development of materials and concepts for H2 fuel cells and electrolysers;
  • And other projects from NTNU Team Hydrogen

Regardless of the project, the students in the village will be able to cooperate with people from other subject areas towards the common aim of safe and sustainable H2 transport. They will improve the capability to communicate, plan, decide, solve tasks, handle disagreement and relate to professional and personal differences, in order to answer topical research questions, such as:

  • What are the available H2-based technologies for transportation?
  • Are they efficient, safe, energetically and economically sustainable?
  • What is the social and environmental impact of these emerging technologies?

Fakta om landsbyen - TPK4852 Hydrogen in transportation for a safe and sustainable future

Course code: TPK4852
Village: Hydrogen in transportation for a safe and sustainable future
Type: Semester-based, virtual
Language: English
Village supervisor
Nicola Paltrinieri & Federico Ustolin
Contact information: 
Nicola Paltrinieri, Federico Ustolin
Semester: Spring 2021
Location: Online

Students must have a computer with camera and microphone.   
In this village there is mandatory attendance to:   

  • The village meetings every Wednesday at 09.00-12.00.
  • Weekley group meetings. Each team has a certain flexibility to schedule their meeting time every week   
  • Individual work between village meetings and group meetings  

Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see page for students