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Geopolitics of hydrogen

Individual course

This course examines the emerging geopolitics of hydrogen. This involves political risks along with economic and power political competition among producer and consumer countries of hydrogen and related derivative fuels. This competition in turn influences the operating environment of firms in various sectors and value chains of hydrogen business. The course offers a global level outlook into these matters, scrutinising the key concepts of hydrogen geopolitics with illustrative case studies on the EU context, North America, and the Asian context, as well as on the role of fossil fuel producers and implications for energy security and energy diplomacy.

Course contents

  • The politics and geopolitics of hydrogen transitions
  • The structure and actors of hydrogen geopolitics
  • Major fossil fuel exporters in transition
  • Energy security
  • Hydrogen diplomacy
  • Competing visions of hydrogen futures

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, the student

  • is able to comprehend the international-political operating environment of hydrogen business in the context of globally ongoing energy transitions
  • is able to analyse the effects of involved political risks and economic competition among states
  • is able to analyse the features of strategies and policies of host states on hydrogen business and their effects globally and regionally

Course material

All materials are available in the course’s Moodle site. Weekly tasks are based on video lectures and other materials.

Completion methods

  • Self study online.
  • Weekly tasks during 4.3.–12.4.2024 (6 weeks), final assignment to be handed in by 19.4.2024.

(Fall implementation: weekly tasks during 23.10.–1.12., final assignment to be handed in by 8.12.2023.)

The course will also run similarly during 2024–2025 and 2025–2026.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

Responsible teachers

Tampere University
Pami Aalto, Prof., Politics unit/Faculty of Management and Business
Tampere University
Anna Claydon, Politics unit/Faculty of Management and Business

Further information about the course and studying

Tampere University
Hanna Peevo, Education specialist

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Hydrogen studies
Energy markets and business models,
Hydrogen economy,
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
No previous studies in technology or hydrogen are required. Some previous experience of social scientific courses, in particular politics, or relevant practical working life experience or private interest in such matters may be useful but is not required.
Course suitable for:
People who wish to deepen their knowledge of the political and international context of hydrogen business and respective energy transitions.
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