Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier that will serve the transition to a zero-carbon economy in many industries. It is already widely used in the chemical and refining industries. The first implementations can also be found in the metallurgical, energy, glass and cement industries.
The most mature and widespread applications of hydrogen can be found in the field of transportation - from forklifts, cars, buses and trains, ships to airplanes and space rockets. The development of this technology will be supported by EU funds, which has focused on hydrogen in its energy transition strategy.
About 90 percent of hydrogen is produced and used in the fertilizer and refining industries. Hydrogen is also produced as a by-product in the chemical industry. The future lies in producing hydrogen from renewable sources - primarily by electrolysis, but also by biomass gasification
Only 15 percent of global hydrogen production is used off-site and transported as compressed gas or cryogenic liquid. This implies investment in infrastructure - from storage, pipeline transmission to liquefaction or transport as compressed gas.
Hydrogen valleys are regional ecosystems. The development will be based on the local production of hydrogen, which is transported over short distances. The basis is local demand based on the production of energy from renewable sources. This changing perspective will include education, research and development, implementation and industrial applications.
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Green Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University
The energy transition is not possible without highly qualified chemists The Green Chemistry degree program was founded in the academic year 2022/2023 as a first degree program at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wrocław. It is a chemical degree program that meets the expectations of the modern chemical industry. Green Chemistry is also called chemistry of sustainable development.
Our aim is to train professionals capable to transform the chemical industry towards an environmentally friendly one, i.e., to develop products and processes that minimise or even avoid the use of hazardous substances. The development of technologies to use hydrogen as a renewable fuel requires the involvement of chemists. Besides the basic subjects of chemistry studies i.e.: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and chemical chemistry, the study program includes the following ones: energy transition, renewable energies, chemical raw materials for sustainable development, hydrogen economy and energy storage.
Ph D. Maria Jolanta Korabik, prof. of WU - Deputy Dean for Teaching
The quality of the Green Chemistry degree programme and its compliance with employers' expectations is monitored by a Programme Council made up of representatives of academics, business, and the chemical industry. The presence of representatives of industry makes it possible to do interesting both traineeships and internships in large chemical companies in Poland and to acquire interesting work after graduation.
Graduates of the degree program Green Chemistry are prepared to participate in the decarbonisation of the economy of the EU countries and to promote energy neutrality through research and investment in renewable resources of energy.
The advantage of the Green Chemistry degree programme, as well as the other courses of study at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Wroclaw, is the opportunity to acquire additional professional qualifications for the teaching of chemistry in primary and secondary schools. Teachers and their students will be able to introduce the issues of sustainable chemistry to a wider group of society.
Ph D. Maria Jolanta Korabik prof. of WUDeputy Dean for Teaching