Events at Department of Energy Technology

Industrial/PhD Course: Electrochemical Energy Conversion


14.05.2018 kl. 08.30 - 17.05.2018 kl. 16.00



Associate Professor Torsten Berning, e-mail:


Associate Professor Torsten Berning, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Vincenzo Liso, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Anders Olesen, Aalborg University
Associate Professor Samuel Araya, Aalborg University



This PhD course is an introduction to electrochemical energy conversion with a focus on fuel cell technology (gas to power) and electrolyzer technology (power to gas). In detail, it will provide

  • An introduction to the thermodynamics of electrochemical energy conversion
  • An overview of the different types of fuel cells and elecytrolyzers and their materials
  • An introduction of the different ways of modeling of electrochemical devices and systems
  • A familiarity with the different experimental methods to test and characterize electrochemical energy converters

As the conclusion of the course, an attendee will be well prepared to understand and follow more sophisticated state-of-the-art literature in this field, to be able to understand simple (zero-dimensional) models of fuel cell systems using software such as EES and know the benefits and drawbacks of advanced (multi-dimensional) models of the fluid flow in electrochemical devices that employ the methods of computational fluid dynamics. The attendee will also have an overview of the various experimental methods that can be employed to test electrochemical devices. This PhD course is aimed at recent graduates, professional engineers and the likes.


Basic knowledge in thermodynamics and modeling methods such as Engineering Equation Solver (EES) and/or the methods of computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Form of evaluation

The groups of students will present the theoretical exercises and discuss their experimental results on the last day of the course. Questions will be asked by the teachers to individual students during the presentation. Evaluation will be “passed” or “failed.



6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 1500 DKK for PhD students in Denmark, who are not from AAU. 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 19, 9220 Aalborg East