Hydrogen is a hot topic nowadays. Why? Because society must find solutions to reduce its impact on climate change and because there is now a political will (in Europe) to develop a hydrogen economy. The mobility sector, and in particular the heavy mobility, is concerned by this transformation. 

Join us in this course if you are interested in gaining knowledge about the hydrogen mobility context, fuel cells and hydrogen combustion engines!

Hydrogen contents 2022 is now closed


After some general information about hydrogen production and the hydrogen economy, you will gain a deep understanding of the hydrogen solution for mobility.
We will explore both the fuel cells and the hydrogen thermal engine solutions as a mean to reduce the environmental footprint of heavy mobility. 

Our focus is mostly technical and aims at three objectives:
- You will be able to describe the working principle of a fuel cell, from the reaction to the fuel stack and the fuel cell vehicle.
- You will also be able to explain the chemical characteristics of hydrogen that influence combustion, how they impact performances and the technical developments needed to improve hydrogen combustion engines
- Finally, you will be able to compare each solution and identify the main development constraints. 


This course has been especially designed for our students enrolled in the Powertrains and Sustainable Mobility Center at IFP School.
If you are an engineering student or a young professional interested in hydrogen and mobility, this course is for you!

It can also be of interest for professionals of the mobility sector looking to get a deeper and fresh understanding of these technologies.


Registration & all contents opening on March 1st 2022 at 12noon (CET)
Live webinar with IFP School professors on March 24th at 5.30pm (CET) - Registration process during the session
All contents closing on March 31th at 11.59pm (CET)
Exceptionnally extended to April 15th at 11.59pm (CET)

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Course program

  • Module 1 - Online   (60 Min)
    Introducing the platform & module

    6 Texts 1 Survey

    o  Objectives and program of the module
    o  Information on the platform & technical requirements
    o  Information on the schedule & the evaluation process (badge)
    o  Getting to know YOU better

  • Module 2 - Online   (90 Min)
    Online webinar - March 24th

    1 Text

    o  Meeting online with IFP School professors
    o  Answering questions from the forums on the content 
    o  Answering questions on IFP School (registration process, etc.)

  • Module 3 - Online   (60 Min)
    H2 General & Mobility context

    5 Videos 1 Text

    At the end of the module you will be able to:
    o  Understand the general context of hydrogen economy and hydrogen as a fuel for mobility.
    o  Analyse the advantages and drawbacks of hydrogen as an energy vector.
    o  Explain the limitations to the development of a hydrogen mobility.
    o  Compare and analyse the advantages and drawbacks of a fuel cell vehicle, a hydrogen combustion vehicle, and an electric vehicle.
    o  Explain the issue of hydrogen storage

  • Module 4 - Online   (75 Min)
    H2 Internal Combustion Engine

    5 Videos 1 Text

    At the end of the module you will be able to:
    o  Explain the chemical characteristics of hydrogen that influence the mixing process, ignition, and combustion
    o  Deduce the impact of the chemical characteristics of hydrogen on the performances of the engine (efficiency, pollutants, power, torque, and noise)
    o  Describe the engine technologies and the technological developments needed for hydrogen combustion (injection, intake, combustion, after treatment)
    o Understand how to maximise the advantages and minimize the drawbacks of hydrogen combustion

  • Module 5 - Online   (75 Min)
    Fuel Cells Vehicles

    6 Videos 2 Texts

    At the end of the module you will be able to:
    o Describe the different electric vehicle architectures between fuel cells and batteries
    o  Explain the working principle of a fuel cell and the different types of fuel cell available
    o  Calculate the electrical work from the chemical energy, the maximum voltage, efficiency, the thermal losses, the voltage losses
    o  Describe how to build a stack from a fuel cell and do the calculations to quantify the increase reactions
    o  Describe the security issues
    o Identify the main development constraints and identify the future markets

  • Module 6 - Online   (60 Min)
    H2 Mobility - Evaluations

    1 Text 3 Scorms

    Evaluate yourselves here!


    These evaluation games are to evaluate engineering students or equivalent.

  • Module 7 - Online   (60 Min)

    1 Video 1 Iframe 1 Survey

  • 480 minutes (E-learning)


Lab e·nov by IFP School
Lab e·nov by IFP School
Innovation lab from IFP School that promotes and supports initiatives dedicated to training and innovation. It provides the pedagogical support to the MOOC.
Florence DUFFOUR
Florence DUFFOUR
Florence Duffour is in charge of Hydrogen thermal engines research project at IFPEN. She has a M.Sc. in Energy and Thermodynamic from INSA Rouen, and has worked as research project leader for Compression Ignition Engines & Advanced Spark Ignited Engines.
Catherine LAROCHE
Catherine LAROCHE
Catherine Laroche joined IFPEN in 2000. She is now a Process Engineer - R&D Project Manager and is working in the Process Design Department. She is presently working on the Hydrogen production project by Steam Methane Reforming.
Pierre LEDUC
Pierre LEDUC
Pierre Leduc is project leader Electrified Vehicles and Fuel Cell at IFPEN. He joined IFPEN in 1993. His research is dealing with powertrain efficiency. He has formerly been in charge of powertrain hybridization.
El Hadj Miliani is a lecturer researcher on power electronics and control systems at IFP School/ IFPEN. EL Hadj received a PhD degree in Electrical engineering from the University of Franche-Comte in collaboration with Alstom Power in 2005, France.
Jules SERY
Jules SERY
Jules is a system simulation engineer working at IFPEN. For the last 3 years he has been working on various automotive engineering topics ranging from energy management strategy simulation for hybrid vehicles to systems simulation with a focus on FCEVs.
Bruno Walter is part of the powertrain technologies department at IFP Energies nouvelles Lyon were he coordinates H2 engine tests. He used to be in charge of light and heavy duty combustion engine projects and lecturer on same topics at IFP School.