Online Microcredential in Science, Engineering & Maths

Renewable Energy Microgrid: Integrating Green Hydrogen

Explore the benefits of integrating hydrogen in renewable energy microgrids to advance energy transition and unlock green careers.

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Envision the future of energy production with Deakin University

With fossil fuel prices soaring and global temperatures rising, the need to find cleaner and cheaper energy sources has never been more urgent. Promising for long-term sustainability and locally-administered means of harnessing renewable energy, microgrids offer a combined solution to energy poverty and global warming.

Developed as part of a series by Deakin University on renewable energy microgrids, this microcredential focuses on the potential of green hydrogen. You’ll learn how green hydrogen can be integrated into microgrid systems and what potential this has for the clean energy transition.

Learn how green hydrogen is produced, stored, and distributed

International organisations and governments around the world have thrown their support behind green hydrogen as a renewable energy source. A clean, storable, and versatile fuel, hydrogen has a crucial role to play in the global energy transition.

You’ll start the course with an introduction to topics and trends in green hydrogen production. You’ll learn how green hydrogen is produced, stored, and distributed, as well as exploring some of the uses and applications of the fuel for industrial and household use.

Weigh up the costs and benefits of green hydrogen microgrids

Throughout the course, you’ll review the benefits of green hydrogen as a fossil fuel replacement, while also considering its disadvantages.

You’ll analyse the cost of implementing green hydrogen microgrids, and the challenges involved in integrating them with the existing energy market.

Discover the potential of green hydrogen for energy security and sustainability

Your overarching focus throughout this course will be on green hydrogen’s potential as an alternative to fossil fuels. You’ll investigate the various benefits of hydrogen for improving energy security and sustainability, while building resilience in future energy systems.

By the end of the course, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of how green hydrogen can be integrated into renewable microgrid systems, and the skills you need to unlock careers in sustainability and climate action.

How will this microcredential help in my career?

This microcredential will equip you with transferable skills and professional knowledge that you can apply to a wide range of green careers. You’ll discover the science and technology involved in green hydrogen production, and learn how to plan, design, and evaluate renewable energy microgrids. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to access jobs in engineering, project management, policy, consulting, and more.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to network and engage with other professionals working in the renewable energy industry. Whether you’re looking to explore new positions or to evolve in your current career, this microcredential will empower you to take the next step professionally.

You may also be interested in the Renewable Energy Microgrid: Market and Policy microcredential where you will explore how green energy alternatives are disrupting and changing traditional markets.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of this course, you’ll carry out a case study analysis of a new hydrogen project. The case study focuses on the design, technical and economic feasibility, and environmental impact of integrating a green hydrogen system into an existing renewable energy microgrid.

Will I receive university credits?

Upon successful completion of the written assessment, you’ll be awarded 0.5 postgraduate level credits from Deakin University, and a Credly digital badge. You can build up your credits by completing more of the microcredentials offered by Deakin University.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds SAMAN GORJI: Welcome to our new microcredential Renewable

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Energy Microgrid: Integrating Green Hydrogen. This course is the result of a dedicated collaboration with experts from academia and industry. Our shared mission? To empower you with a deep understanding of the potential role of green hydrogen in renewable energy microgrids. We’ll explore production methods, storage solutions, distribution challenges, and how to effectively use green hydrogen. In doing so, we also aim to tackle key questions and challenges in the field, providing you with a robust knowledge base and problem solving skills relevant to real world scenarios. This course is designed for professionals working in the energy sector, aspiring engineers, policy makers, or anyone interested in gaining comprehensive understanding of green hydrogen’s potential in shaping our future energy systems.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds Through interactive discussions, case studies, and activities, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning and network with like minded individuals and industry experts. Additionally, we’ve incorporated a hands on experience with renewable energy microgrid as well as including a hydrogen production, storage, and utilisation unit. By the end of this course, you will gain a solid foundation in green hydrogen and its role in microgrids with the skills to evaluate and contribute to the implementation of these technologies in real world settings.

What skills will you learn?

  • Engineering
  • Project design
  • Project management
  • Project evaluation
  • Change management
  • Climate action
  • Consulting
  • Policy design
  • Policy evaluation

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Define the key concepts and technologies associated with green hydrogen and microgrids.
  • Evaluate the technical and environmental implications of various green hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and consumption methods.
  • Identify the key challenges and opportunities in the integration of green hydrogen equipment with microgrids in global and Australian contexts.
  • Analyse the potential role of green hydrogen in improving energy security, sustainability, and resilience in the future energy systems.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

No particular skills or experience are required to be eligible for this microcredential, although you should have a strong interest in renewable energy, energy transition, microgrids, and energy policy.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone interested in learning more about renewable energy microgrids and green hydrogen.

It will suit both professionals already working in energy-related roles and learners with a background in engineering, data science, modelling, transportation, and more.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to the welcome area to introduce yourself and familiarise yourself with the microcredential structure and course materials.

  • Course

    From 2 Oct 2023

    Renewable Energy Microgrid: Integrating Green Hydrogen

    Learn about green hydrogen and how renewable energy microgrid systems can help advance the clean energy transition.

    6 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to green hydrogen and microgrids
      • Let's get started
      • Understanding Hydrogen
      • Introduction to microgrids
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 2

      Green hydrogen production
      • Fundamentals of green hydrogen production
      • Other methods of green hydrogen production
      • Efficiency, costs, and challenges of green hydrogen
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 3

      Green hydrogen storage and distribution
      • Fundamentals of hydrogen storage
      • Advanced hydrogen storage technologies
      • Hydrogen transportation and distribution
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 4

      Introduction to hydrogen consumption
      • Overview of end uses of hydrogen
      • Integration of fuel cells with microgrids
      • Industrial and emerging applications of hydrogen
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 5

      Challenges and opportunities in green hydrogen microgrids
      • Challenges in green hydrogen renewable energy microgrids
      • Opportunities in green hydrogen renewable energy microgrids
      • Global and Australian context
      • Yuri project by ENGIE
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 6

      Assessment, summary and next steps
      • Assessment preparation and submission
      • Course wrap
  • After learning

    You’ll receive a statement of completion from FutureLearn and a digital certificate from Deakin University.

What you will receive

0.5 Deakin Credit Points at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

You’ll receive a digital Credly badge worth 0.5 postgraduate level credits. With these credits, you can build towards a degree from Deakin University.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Digital Badge from Deakin University and Credly

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Additional benefits

Complete your course within 6 weeks, including the assessment, or take extra time and use the regular assessment submission windows to complete within 20–26 weeks of your enrolment.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

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Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Career-focused learning by Hycel

Hycel is a regional hub of hydrogen expertise in south west Victoria, Australia, focused on hydrogen mobility applications, education and social licence.

This microcredential is in collaboration with Engie

Delivered by experts

Dr Saman A. Gorji, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is currently a Senior Lecturer of electrical and renewable energy engineering at Deakin University.

Zahra is Research Assistant and PhD Student, researching an energy storage system. Zahra also has over 10 years of industry experience as a power plant engineer.

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