LEAP stands for Laboratorio Energia & Ambiente Piacenza (Laboratory for Energy and the Environment Piacenza) and is a specialized research center in the field of highly efficient, low environmental impact energy technologies. LEAP s.c.a r.l. (Società Consortile a Responsabilità Limitata) is a limited liability consortium founded in May 2005 and participated by the Politecnico di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, industrial partners and local institutions. LEAP is one of the Emilia Romagna Region’s High Technology Network laboratories with the prime goal of promoting cooperation between universities, industry and public bodies. Its work team is composed globally by approximately 20 collaborators and full time employees who strictly cooperates with professors, research fellows and PhD students of the GECOS group.
LEAP is led by Prof. Stefano Consonni (full professor at the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano) and its activities are headed by the Scientific Board, which is composed by professors belonging to different departments of Politecnico di Milano and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
LEAP conducts activities in the energy-environment sector operating in 6 main lines:
Material and energy recovery from waste, residues and biomass
High efficiency thermal energy generation
Thermohydraulics for innovative nuclear power plants
Fossil fuel technologies and CO2 capture and conversion
Renewable energies and energy efficiency
Gaseous emissions, fine particles and air quality