University of Houston: UH Energy Microcredential Program Aims to Get Energy Professionals Up to Date on Emerging Hydrogen Economy

As the 2nd annual American Hydrogen Conference meets this week in Houston, UH Energy will also begin its standalone microcredential program on the emerging Hydrogen Economy.

The energy transition is underway, and hydrogen will be an important element of moving to an evolving and global low-carbon economy. Intended for current and future energy professionals, the program will examine hydrogen’s production, transportation, safety, use and commercial opportunities, and considers both onshore and offshore applications.

This is the second time UH Energy is offering its hydrogen economy microcredential program. It includes a capstone project to consolidate students’ learnings, and will better equip them with the skills, knowledge and expertise to thrive in the hydrogen economy.

The world is grappling with the issue of supplying energy that is affordable, accessible, reliable and environmentally responsible, for everyone.

“There is no single solution to this formidable challenge, low-carbon hydrogen is viewed as a key component of most credible sustainable energy scenarios,” said UH Chief Energy Officer and chemical engineering professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti. “Hydrogen is currently used heavily in the chemical process and refining industries and is seen as a significant future replacement option for fossil fuels that are now used in power generation, transportation and industry.”

But today, most hydrogen produced results in emissions of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas. It will need to be decarbonized to become a dominant player in sustainable energy.

Designed by industry experts and UH faculty, this interactive, hybrid (traditional and online) educational program shares insights into the technology, economics, policy and business drivers and barriers for hydrogen, both in the short term and in the long term.