I obtained my Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 2010 and since 2014 I have been appointed as Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and as Cluster Director on Multi-Energy Systems and Grids (Thermal Energy Systems) at the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N). During my time at NTU/ERI@N, I expanded the scope of my activity well beyond that of my Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies and I broadened my competences and efforts to secure grants and projects on industrial energy efficiency, power generation - from large scale to distributed energy generation applied to micro-grids, and energy systems integration for different energy mix - including renewables and energy storage. Particular focus is being put on Liquefied Natural Gas storage and supply, including studies on the Cold-Economy for developed and developing countries.
My current activity is mainly focussed on serving the industry by providing advice and viable solutions for some of their most pressing challenges, such as reducing carbon footprint, energy efficiency, and energy prosumption. The success of my work is demonstrated by the award of more than S$ 20M in external research funding with more than S$ 5M coming directly from industry. Indeed, most of my projects are in close collaboration with the industry and I currently have active collaborations with Shell, Shell New Energies, Engie, and Singapore Power just to mention some.
In my work, I always try to keep a holistic approach, by not simply focusing on deep technology but also by looking at the implications that the integration of different energy systems has on the environment, operational and investment costs. In this respect, over the past 3 years, I led the development of a software platform for energy optimization and planning of mixed-use industrial, commercial, and residential districts. The software is now being commercialized by a StartUp, of which I am a co-founder, supported by the Singapore government.
I am a results-oriented person with excellent skills in managing and growing teams. In less than 5 years I grew and led a team of more than 15 researchers and received international recognition through the Best Paper Award received at the 30th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimisation, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems in San Diego, USA, 2017, which is a very well renowned conference in the area of Energy Systems (details available on request).
Industry energy efficiency and power generation, from large scale to distributed energy generation applied to micro-grids
Analysis and development of innovative solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas underground storage and supply
Currently working towards deploying one of the world’s first fully integrated power generation systems to be adopted in an urban environment
Development of a software platform for energy optimization and planning of mixed-use industrial, commercial, residential districts (scheduling of energy dispatch by solving the unit commitment problem and optimum power flow)
Energy conversion systems and integration of renewables and energy storage in micro-grids context (Heat-to-Power, Heat-to-Cool, Power-to-Gas, Batteries, District Cooling, Solar PV, Waste-to-Energy)
Studying on the impact of the Cold-Economy for developed and developing countries by reconsidering the cold supply chain with novel solutions including Liquid Air Energy Storage