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About this course

There's been an incredible amount of hype about the 'Future Hydrogen Economy' and how this colorless, odorless, tasteless gas could be one of the central pillars of the global decarbonization effort... but with all that hype, there's a lot of low quality information going around as well.

The Hydrogen Economy is very real - it's a multi-billion dollar industry today, and it has the potential to be a serious player in a low carbon future... but we need the industry to be well educated and upskilled in the basics. It also has the potential to grow into a fifteen trillion dollar a year industry by 2050 - so there is serious money to be made for those with the right foundation.

This course is built to support your growth - it's not too far in the weeds that you need a PhD in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, but far more detailed and thorough than what you'll find from a quick google search. Taught by an experienced energy professional - Andy Nyce - who has over 2GW of renewables experience in the US, along with other successful Heatspring Courses and a multifaceted background in energy efficiency, renewables and hydrogen.

If you've ever wondered what the 'hydrogen rainbow' is, how fuel cells work, what an electrolyzer is, how ammonia is one of the most critical chemicals in modern society, what opportunities are going to arise in this industry in the future, and how you can make an impact on ensuring that hydrogen is clean, cheap and widely utilized - then this course is for you.

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Course outline

7 modules • 74 assignments • 2:07 hours of video lectures

Welcome • 2 assignments
Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 1 • 5 assignments
The Hydrogen Economy

  • Introduction to the Hydrogen Economy (17:49 minutes) Preview
  • IEA - World Energy Outlook 2022
  • IPCC - 2022 Summary Article
  • Suncast Podcast - Hydrogen Miniseries
  • Introduction to the Course (optional download) (.pdf)
Module 2 • 9 assignments
The Basics of Hydrogen

  • Basics of Hydrogen (21:51 minutes)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab - Sankey Diagrams
  • IRENA - Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation - The Hydrogen Factor (.pdf)
  • Energy.gov - Hydrogen Website
  • Cleaning Up Podcast
  • Ted-Ed - The Importance of Hydrogen in Agriculture
  • Vox - The Hydrogen Dream (.pdf)
  • Basics of Hydrogen Quiz
  • Basics of Hydrogen (optional download) (.pdf)
Module 3 • 14 assignments
The Supply Side

  • The Supply Side (28:01 minutes)
  • Video - The Hydrogen Rainbow
  • IEA - Electrolyzer Report
  • Electrolyzer Technology
  • Lazard - Levelized Cost of Hydrogen Analysis 2021
  • BNEF - Green Hydrogen Cost Trends
  • Reuters - Water Concerns for the Future Hydrogen Economy
  • Watt it Takes Podcast - Monolith Energy
  • My Climate Journey Podcast - Electric Hydrogen
  • Energy Cents Podcast - Plug Power
  • Forbes - Plug Power Article
  • Electric Hydrogen LCOH Calculator
  • The Supply Side Quiz
  • The Supply Slide (optional download) (.pdf)
Module 4 • 10 assignments
Storage and Transportation

  • Transportation and Storage (13:13 minutes)
  • IRENA Report - Hydrogen Transport Options (.pdf)
  • Energy.gov - Hydrogen Storage
  • Everything About Hydrogen Podcast - Intercontinental Energy
  • Canary Media - HyStor Energy planning Hydrogen Hub in Mississippi
  • Canary Media - Hydrogen Hub planned for Utah
  • Catalyst Podcast - Advanced Clean Energy Storage (UT Hydrogen Hub)
  • Hydrogen Insight - Exporting Hydrogen
  • Transportation & Storage Quiz
  • Transportation & Storage (optional download) (.pdf)
Module 5 • 8 assignments

  • Policy (10:41 minutes)
  • IRENA - Green Hydrogen Policy 2020 Report (.pdf)
  • Utility Dive - How the IRA has upended hydrogen economics in the USA
  • Perkins Cole - Hydrogen Provisions in the IRA
  • DOE - Clean Hydrogen Shot Roadmap (.pdf)
  • Hydrogen Rising Podcast
  • Policy Quiz
  • Policy (optional download) (.pdf)
Module 6 • 15 assignments
The Demand Side

  • The Demand Side (25:59 minutes)
  • Liebreich Associates - Website Link
  • How Stuff Works - How Fuel Cells Work
  • Liebreich Associates - Separating Hype from Hydrogen (Part 1)
  • Liebreich Associates - Separating Hype from Hydrogen (Part 2)
  • BBC - Hydrogen for Aviation
  • Hydrogen Insight - Hydrogen for Trains
  • Hydrogen Insight - Hydrogen for Long Distance Transport
  • The Guardian - Hydrogen in the Home is a Non-Starter
  • Redefining Energy Podcast - Hydrogen
  • e360 - Using Hydrogen to Decarbonize Heavy Industry
  • Hydrogen Insight/IPCC Report - Hydrogens Role in Future Energy Economy
  • The Demand Side Quiz
  • Share your thoughts and views on the hydrogen economy on the discussion board!
  • The Demand Side (optional download) (.pdf)
Module 7 • 7 assignments
Professional Development

  • Professional Development (10:06 minutes)
  • Grist - Green Energy Jobs are on the Rise
  • Energy.gov - How to Start your Career in Clean Energy
  • International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy
  • Brown Girl Green - Jobs Board
  • My Climate Journey Collective
  • Professional Development (optional download) (.pdf)
Conclusion • 4 assignments
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate


  • Andy Nyce

    Sr. Director of Project Management, Erthos Inc.
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    I'm Andy Nyce - originally from New Zealand, but I've spent the last nine years in the United States in a range of engineering, construction, project management and quality control roles in the large scale renewables industry. I've been directly involved in over 2GW of execution at every level of installation, management and commissioning. I'm currently the Sr.... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 7 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board every Monday. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.


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