SAVE THE NEW DATE: Summer School Hydrogen Nancy 2020 is postponed from July 5 to 8, 2021

Context and scientific program

In a context of a massive development of alternatives to fossil fuels, hydrogen plays an important role as a potential third energy carrier besides heat and electricity. However, several technological challenges still persist through the different steps of the hydrogen energy chain: storage, re-conversion into electricity and heat in fuel cells and energy storage such as in flow batteries up to the technical integration of a whole FC system in an existing energy grid. In addition to technological aspects, the reliable integration of hydrogen in an existing electric grid requires the consideration of the socio-economic background, which is crucial to ensure the acceptance of any new large scale technology by a population. To this end, this summer school will focus on two main aspects: first what electrochemical systems such as fuel cells (PEMFC, borohydride, alkaline…), PEM electrolyzers, electrochemical compressors and flow batteries bring to the energy mix and the related technological challenges, secondly deal with electric issues such as conception, sizing, control and management of microgrids when it comes to implement such devices along with conventional power sources (electric generators).

This summer school will give a general background for both electrochemical systems and microgrids which will be complemented by special sessions under the form of lectures and numerical workshops dedicated to electrochemistry and power electronics. Experts from academy and industry will share their knowledge on these various topics with several application examples.

The sessions focused on electrochemical devices will deal with the operation principle of the different electrochemical converters (transfer and storage of mass and charges, dynamics and operation inhomogeneities). Current technological challenges and possible improvements of these components, as well as operation modes will be investigated.

The sessions related to electrical issues in microgrids will focus on the operation principle of power electronics components that enable the connection between electric and hydrogen based systems. Modeling, sizing and control strategies (centralized and decentralized approaches) for microgrids that implement hydrogen technologies will be also addressed.

Poster session

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This summer school will take place over four days, and consists in theoretical lectures and numerical workshops. In addition, there will be a poster session of the attendees. For this reason, each participant is kindly asked to prepare a poster of his professional or reasearch activities in advance of the event. The document has to be uploaded in PNG format, A0 size, before June 20, 2021: Upload your file


Important dates:

Opening of registration: March, 2021
Closure of early-bird registration:  May 31, 2021
Closure of registration: June 28, 2021
Deadline for pitch presentation upload: June 20, 2021


The Summer School Hydrogen program is now available. Click here to download it in PDF!

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July 5th

Day 1:  
8:30 am - Introduction
(Dr. J. Mainka, UL)

8:45 am - Bronkhorst talk
9-10.30 am - Hydrogen : a new player at the service of the environment and the economy
(Dr. L. Antoni, member of FCH 2 JU governing board, CEA-LITEN)

11-12.30 am - Management of electric grids
(Prof. B. Cornélusse, ULG)

Lunch Time
1.30-3 pm- Power electronic management for microgrid applications
(Prof. S. Pierfederici, UL)

3.30-5pm - Poster session 1

July 6th

Day 2:  
8.30-9.30 am- PEM Fuel Cells - Fundamentals (Prof. M. Chatenet, LEPMI) Abstract
9.30-10.30 am- PEM Fuel Cells - Focus on Electrocatalysts (Prof. V. Di Noto, UNIPD) Asbtract
11.00-12.30 am- PEM Electrolyzer (Prof. F. Maillard, LEPMI) Abstract
Lunch Time
1.30-3 pm - H2 and electrochemical storage
(Dr. G. Sdanghi, CEA/Dr. M. Urbain, UL)

3.30-5 pm - Poster session II

July 7th

Day 3:
9-10.30 am- Power electronics challenges related to hydrogen technologies (Dr. T. Boileau, UL)
11-12.30 am - Fuel cell – supercapacitor hybridization
(Prof. F. Lapicque - UL)
Lunch Time
1.30-5 pm - Workshop on microgrid and FC management systems (Dr. S. Pang / Dr. S. Benhamed, UL) Abstract
Workshop on numerical study - PEMFC manufacturing, testing and characterization (Dr. J. Dillet, UL)

July 8th

Day 4:  
9.-10.30 am - Flow batteries (Dr. M. Cazot, Kemiwatt) Abstract
11-12.30 am - H2 microgrid applications for marine technologies (Prof. M. Zadeh, NTNU) Abstract

Lunch Time
1.30-3 pm - H2 microgrid applications for aerospace technologies (Dr. S. Abbou, Safran) Abstract
3.30-5 pm- Quizz (Kahoot!) (Dr. J. Mainka/Dr. M. Urbain/Dipl. Ing. H. Demaie, UL)