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Hydrogen handling, storage and distribution

About This Course

"Hydrogen Storage" is Section 2 of the course "Hydrogen handling, storage and distribution". This Section focuses mainly on solid-state hydrogen storage, but it also makes an introduction to all hydrogen storage practices. The targeted audience are engineers in the related industry, but also students that are interested in enriching their knowledge on this subject. The learning objectives of "Hydrogen Storage" are:

  • To identify and understand the potential, drawbacks and challenges of hydrogen as energy carrier
  • To understand the concept of hydrogen economy and the future targets
  • To understand the concepts of hydrogen storage via several techniques and identify the challenges
  • To understand in depth the concept of solid-state hydrogen storage, the basic principles and the thermodynamics for the solid state hydrogen storage
  • To understand the nature of the materials and intermetallic compounds used for solid state hydrogen storage
  • To understand and identify all the experimental techniques for the extraction of the data for the storage/release process
  • To understand the basic principles of the material characterization
  • To understand the selection of the hydride bed geometries
  • To understand the basic equations to theoretically describe the nature of the solid-state hydrogen storage
  • To understand the principles of the thermal management of the hydride beds

The table of contents of Section "Hydrogen Storage" is:

  • Unit 1 – Brief Introduction-Basic Properties of Hydrogen
  • Unit 2 – Introduction on Hydrogen Storage
  • Unit 3 – Solid-State Hydrogen Storage; Principles and Thermodynamics
  • Unit 4 – Intermetallic Compounds
  • Unit 5 – Experimental Measurements and Characterisation
  • Unit 6 – Tank and Bed Geometries
  • Unit 7 – Theoretical (numerical) Description of Solid-State Hydrogen Storage
  • Unit 8 – Thermal Management of Metal Hydride Tanks During Hydrogen Storage/Release
  • Unit 9 - References - Bibliography


  1. Fundamental knowledge in Materials Science and Engineering
  2. Basic knowledge in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
  3. Basic knowledge in Heat and Mass Transfer Phenomena

Course Staff

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Evangelos Gkanas

Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University, UK

A Material Science, Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy specialist with strong track record in heat management issues, material synthesis and characterisation, mass transfer, thermodynamics, biomaterials and renewable energy. Proven creative experience of research in six major research projects and publication of large number of Q1 scientific papers. Currently he is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mechanical Engineering at Coventry University where he is the leader of the Hydrogen for Mobility Laboratory and the Energy Materials Research Group. He received his PhD in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 2014 with dissertation title: ADVANCED MATERIALS AND PROCESSES FOR HYDROGEN STORAGE AND COMPRESSION SYSTEMS.

He also has research experience as Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham for two years after joining the Hydrogen Research Group led by Professor David Grant and Professor Gavin Walker.

Dr Gkanas has more than 20 peer reviewed journal publications and attendance at more than 10 International Conferences with plenty of oral and poster presentations. He has been involved in 6 major research projects funded by E.U and national organizations.

Currently, Dr Gkanas is a Lecturer at Coventry University with main teaching duties in the field of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics.

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