Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Energy Systems

Fuel cells and electrochemical energy systems in general are a focus of our group from many years. Prof. Stefano Campanari originally started working on hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)-Gas turbine cycles for very high efficiency energy conversion applications. The work also involved detailed theoretical modelling of each component.

At the moment the focus is on high and low temperature electrochemical systems (i.e., SOFC, MCFC, PEM) for distributed and centralised high efficiency power generation. Moreover, reversible electrochemical systems are also extensively studied as storage technologies associated to the production of synthetic fuels and power-to-gas. Applications of fuel cells for Carbon Capture and Storage are also addressed in depth.

At the moment the group is also active within the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Initiative of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano - Visit our website www.fch.polimi.it

Energy conversion with fuel cells

Simulation of energy systems for stationary or mobile applications

Finite volume (1-3D) and CFD simulation of PEM, MCFC and SOFCs

Laboratory of Micro-Cogeneration for testing of PEM, SOFC and other small-scale power generation units (up to 100 kWe)

Analysis of energy balances through measurements and system detailed modelling

Simulation of Large scale power generation with Carbon Capture, SOFC and MCFC + CCS power plant

Simulation of reversible SOC systems for grid management of fluctuating renewables

Simulation of reversible MCC systems with coupled renewables and natural gas grid connection

Hydrogen Technologies

Hydrogen production from fossil fuels, co-production of hydrogen and electricity with CO2 capture

Hydrogen production with membrane fuel processors

Hydrogen production with electrolysis, focusing on Power-to-gas (P2G) / grid injection

Hydrogen liquefaction

Power-to-Gas (P2G)

Long-term potential for excess energy recovery from RES at regional and country-scale

P2G and wind park coupling optimisation, dynamic operation, competition with other fast-ramping technologies

Hydrogen blending in natural gas pipelines and quality tracking1

Integration of electric grid with BEV and H2-FCEV mobility (multi-nodal modeling at country-scale, dispatch model, storage system analysis; driving cycle simulations for light and heavy duty vehicles)


For further information on hydrogen and electrochemical systems, contact Prof. Stefano Campanari at stefano.campanari@polimi.it

Recent publications

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Di Marcoberardino, G; Chiarabaglio, L; Manzolini, G; Campanari, S

A Techno-economic comparison of micro-cogeneration systems based on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell for residential applications Journal Article

Applied Energy, 239 , pp. 692–705, 2019.

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Nordio, M; Soresi, S; Manzolini, G; Melendez, J; Van Sint Annaland, M; Pacheco Tanaka, D A; Gallucci, F

Effect of sweep gas on hydrogen permeation of supported Pd membranes: Experimental and modeling Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44 (8), pp. 4228–4239, 2019.

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Martínez, I; Martini, M; Riva, L; Gallucci, F; Van Sint Annaland, M; Romano, M C

Techno-economic analysis of a natural gas combined cycle integrated with a Ca-Cu looping process for low CO2 emission power production Journal Article

International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 81 (July 2018), pp. 216–239, 2019, ISSN: 17505836.

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Colbertaldo, P; Agustin, S B; Campanari, S; Brouwer, J

Impact of hydrogen energy storage on California electric power system: Towards 100% renewable electricity Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44 (19), pp. 9558–9576, 2019, ISSN: 03603199.

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Voldsund, Mari; Gardarsdottir, Stefania Osk; De Lena, Edoardo ; Pérez-Calvo, José-Francisco; Jamali, Armin; Berstad, David; Fu, Chao; Romano, Matteo C; Roussanaly, Simon; Anantharaman, Rahul; Hoppe, Helmut; Sutter, Daniel; Mazzotti, Marco; Gazzani, Matteo; Cinti, Giovanni; Jordal, Kristin

Comparison of Technologies for CO2 Capture from Cement Production—Part 1: Technical Evaluation Journal Article

Energies, 12 (3), pp. 559, 2019.

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Foresti, S; Manzolini, G

Optimization of PEM Fuel Cell Operation with High-purity Hydrogen Produced by a Membrane Reactor Journal Article

Fuel Cells, 18 (3), pp. 335–346, 2018.

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Spallina, Vincenzo; Nocerino, Pasquale; Romano, Matteo C; van Sint Annaland, Martin ; Campanari, Stefano; Gallucci, Fausto

Integration of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and chemical looping combustion (CLC) for ultra-high efficiency power generation and CO2 production Journal Article

International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 71 (January), pp. 9–19, 2018, ISSN: 17505836.

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Vialetto, Giulio; Noro, Marco; Colbertaldo, Paolo; Rokni, Masoud

Enhancement of energy generation efficiency in industrial facilities by SOFC – SOEC systems with additional hydrogen production Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44 (19), pp. 9608–9620, 2018, ISSN: 03603199.

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Di Marcoberardino, G; Manzolini, G; Guignard, C; Magaud, V

Optimization of a micro-CHP system based on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell and membrane reactor from economic and life cycle assessment point of view Journal Article

Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification, 131 , pp. 70–83, 2018.

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Mastropasqua, L; Campanari, S; Brouwer, J

Electrochemical Carbon Separation in a SOFC-MCFC Polygeneration Plant With Near-Zero Emissions Journal Article

Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 140 (1), 2018.

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