Single-Course English 5 ECTS

PhD course in sustainable electrofuels and -chemicals

Overall Course Objectives

The course will provide an overview of renewable and biobased resources and the pathways of utilizing them today as sustainable power-to-X technologies as well as an outline of pathways for future integration into the energy system. The focus is on advances in state-of-the-art and novel electrochemical technologies which provide a very efficient way of converting chemical into electrical energy and vice versa.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the concept/definition of sustainability
  • Overview the main pathways for sustainable fuels and chemicals
  • Identify drivers from the market and the energy system
  • Understand the concept of main industrial routes to synthetic fuels
  • Place traditional industrial processes into sustainable fuel and chemicals context
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of several electrochemical cell concepts
  • Understand electrochemical, catalytic and electrocatalytic processes
  • Describe actual initiatives and concrete research attempts
  • Evaluate the ongoing research activities (e.g. national and international R&D projects as regards their sustainability aspects)

Course Content

The transition of the energy sector from fossil-based fuels and resources to renewable resources and energy will significantly change the energy system of the future. Several technologies with different technology readiness levels are currently under development to make this transition happen; however, technical solutions and concepts still have to be developed and benchmarked against each other and existing technologies. But what are sustainable renewable resources and which technologies are sustainable in the long run? Storing electrical energy in synthetically derived fuels and chemicals through so-called “Power-to-X” technologies is currently seen as an important and promising route ahead. A focal point is thus the increased electrification and the options for chemical energy storage and commodity chemical production. In a project-based approach, the course will provide insight into the various technical concepts for synthetic fuels and chemicals based on renewable and bio resources.

The course consists of lectures addressing the general concepts and methodologies as well as individual student projects, addressing selected topics related to the synthesis of sustainable fuels and chemicals. The students will choose a specific topic or research project of interest to be analyzed in more detail especially as regards the technical concept and the sustainability aspects, and the results will be presented and discussed in plenum.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in electrochemistry and catalysis is advantageous

Teaching Method

The course is offered as an online course (distance learning). Lectures, exercises and group discussions and project presentations will be conducted via online streaming.
The format of the final group presentations depends on the distribution of participants and can be either physical , online or in hybrid mode, to be agreed on during the course.
The course will be evaluated during the course period.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 32.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Other Campus

Course code 47519
Course type PhD
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Thurs 13-17

10.600,00 DKK

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