Postdoc project Alessandro Pensini

Grid applications for High-Temperature PEM Fuel Cells

The SmartMEA project aims to investigate on grid applications for High-Temperature PEM fuel cells (HTFCs) and to improve the membrane manufacturing process to better fit the resultant requirements.

Compared to other types of fuel cells, HTFCs benefit from unique advantages that might open market opportunities previously discarded due to costs, systems complexity, and operational issues. In particular, HTFC allow for:

  • Use of reformate hydrogen without the need for advanced purification systems
  • Simplified water management systems
  • High quality heat recovery potential
  • Fast startup due to the lower operation temperature range

At DTU-CEE I carry on the task to identify and simulate suitable grid applications. The focus is on exploiting all the energy exchanges that hydrogen systems allow in order to increase the system flexibility and economic performance:

  • Electrolytic hydrogen
  • Heat recovery
  • Power to gas and hydrogen vehicles
  • Reformate hydrogen

Simulations take advantage of Mixed-Integer Linear Programming models for optimizing the operation of hydrogen systems in a given electricity market. | To be completed august 2017

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Assessment of grid-friendly collective optimization framework for distributed energy resources

Pensini, Alessandro ; Robinson, Matthew ; Heine, Nicholas ; Stadler, Michael ; Mammoli, Andrea
part of: 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting , 2016
Presented at:
Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM)

Type: Article in proceedings (Peer reviewed)

Status: Published     |    Year: 2016     |    DOI:


Can greedy customers be good citizens? Coordinated distributed energy resource optimization via power flow simulation

Mammoli, Andrea ; Heine, Nicolas ; Robinson, Matthew ; Pensini, Alessandro ; Stadler, Michael
Presented at:
6th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources

Type: Poster (Peer reviewed)

Status: Published     |    Year: 2014


Economic analysis of using excess renewable electricity to displace heating fuels

Pensini, Alessandro ; Rasmussen, Claus Nygaard ; Kempton, Willett
in: Applied Energy, vol: 131, pages: 530–543

Type: Journal article (Peer reviewed)

Status: Published     |    Year: 2014     |    DOI:


Feasibility of optimizing large utility electricity customers on a distribution feeder

Pensini, Alessandro ; Mammoli, A.
part of: Proceedings of CYSENI 2014, pages: 112-119, 2014
Presented at:

Type: Article in proceedings (Peer reviewed)

Status: Published     |    Year: 2014


Systems, distribution and storage

Altiparmakis, Argyrios ; Rasmussen, Claus Nygaard ; Pensini, Alessandro ; Marra, Francesco ; Yang, Guang Ya
Report name: Systems, distribution and storage, pages: 109-116

Type: Report chapter (Peer reviewed)

Status: Published     |    Year: 2012


Thermal energy storage for electricity-driven space heating in a day-ahead electricity market

Pensini, Alessandro
part of: Proceedings of 7th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition, 2012
Presented at:
7th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition

Type: Article in proceedings (Peer reviewed)

Status: Published     |    Year: 2012