• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Policy Studies, Materials Science, Physics, Renewable Energy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Hydrogen has the potential to provide the missing link between renewable energy - such as wind and solar power - and industrial energy users that are yet to find a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Additionally, zero-carbon hydrogen could be a key energy vector, allowing energy to be stored and transported around the world.

Australia, a second largest exporter of LNG in 2019, is set to become a pioneer in hydrogen export market with its established supply networks to countries such as Korea, Japan and China. As the hydrogen industry is gradually emerging into the markets, it is anticipated that trained graduates will be increasingly sought after to work as professional engineers, scientists, policy developers and analysts in industries, consulting companies, universities and government organisations, both in Australia and abroad.

This course fulfils the need by supporting graduate students by equipping them with the basic scientific principles and multi-disciplinary skills needed to effectively participate in this rapidly emerging opportunity.

Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe and apply basic physics of: hydrogen generation, storage, transportation and conversion; and underlying key energy transformations.
  2. Evaluate and compare the physics of existing and emerging technologies underpinning the Hydrogen Economy.
  3. Apply techno-economic analysis in selecting appropriate hydrogen technology for specific objectives.
  4. Critically analyse different hydrogen technologies (for example the construction of fuel cells and electrolysers) and supply chain models.
  5. Evaluate different hydrogen policy frameworks and analyse the relative merits of alternative policy scenarios.
  6. Develop and communicate key elements of governance, safety and metrology systems needed for the development of the Hydrogen Economy.
  7. Develop a personal, quantified, well-argued view of possible pathways for hydrogen economy.

Other Information

The course will include visits to industrial hydrogen facilities in Canberra and tours to ANU hydrogen research labs.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Problems and quizzes, including laboratory practicum (35) [LO 1,2]
  2. Oral presentation (20) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Participation in Discussion board (10) [LO 4,5,6]
  4. Research paper (35) [LO 5,6,7]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to-face component which will consist of 4 hours of tutorials/lectures/lab per week.
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, major assignment presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with PHYS3010

Prescribed Texts

  1. National Academy of Engineering 2004. The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/10922. 
  2. DENGWEI. GUO JING (LIEJIN.), Liejin Guo. Handbook of Hydrogen Energy: The Entire Hydrogen Systems John Wiley & Sons, Limited, 20 May 2020 - 400 pages https://books.google.com.au/books?id=A9okvAEACAAJ&dq=hydrogen+energy&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie4rOZurbnAhUeIbcAHXcgDe8Q6AEIKTAA

Preliminary Reading

Fiona, et al paper for the CUP book

Zainul, et al Hydrogen as an energy vector | Elsevier Enhanced Reader

Bahman Zohuri (2018) Hydrogen Energy: Challenges and Solutions for a Cleaner Future

Springer, 25 Aug 2018, https://books.google.com.au/books?id=W8hqDwAAQBAJ&dq=hydrogen+energy&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of principles of physics and economics at high school level.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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