About me

A curious and passionate of science and knowledge with a profound respect for the wildlife... Born and raised in Genoa (Italy) and seasoned in Roskilde (Denmark) for the past 6 years.

This page intends to present my ongoing research and teaching activities and aims at complementing my personal DTU webpage with other information that may be of interest also to non-technical people willing to know more about how the electrical power system is working (and evolving) and on the characteristics of distributed energy resources (not just renewable) such as wind, solar, electric vehicles.

Under the publications page you can find the list of works I have been (co)-authoring in the past 10 years. Documents are made available for personal use where possible.

Teaching and supervision activities including Ph.D. and Master thesis can be found in the associated page.

Synthetic information and links on running and concluded research projects can be found in the projects page.

News are posted here.

About me - technically speaking

I was born in Genoa, Italy, in March 1983. I received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Genoa, in February 2005 and November 2007, respectively and the European Ph.D. degree in power systems, from the same university in March 2011 with a dissertation related to wind and storage modeling and integrated control.

Since September 2012, I have been with the Technical University of Denmark, where I currently work as associate professor in distributed energy resources driven electric power systems in the Center for Electric Power and Energy of the Department of Electrical Engineering. My research interests include power system integration studies, wind and solar data analysis, demand-side and electric vehicles management, and distributed energy resources modeling.

The following mind map highlights the different scientific areas I have been working in the past 10 years.

Ever since my PhD studies I have been dealing with various aspects of power systems. Well, to be frank, I have been interested in electrical systems ever since I was a kid and wrote (with my father support) my first essay for the primary school final exam (long time ago...) on the different typologies of power plants.

During my PhD studies I focused mostly on power components modeling, deepening the knowledge of wind power as well as other sources, such as photovoltaic systems and stationary batteries. Due to the involvement in research projects with ENEL and other Italian universities, I have strengthened my understanding of distribution grid operation and thanks to the external stay at the Irish TSO, Eirgrid, I have extended my knowledge on high voltage power systems and large scale wind integration issues. During the visiting periods at the Risø Campus of DTU in 2011 and 2012, some of the power components models studied during the Ph.D. were validated by using the SYSLAB experimental facility.

In the last 6 years at the Technical University of Denmark, I increased the “smart” perspective in grid operation and extended my competences to other energy domains such as domestic side management and electric vehicles technologies. By managing tasks and WPs in various national and European projects, some of which I have contributed to attract, I have refined my leading skills. I have been able to deliver concrete results and establish successful collaboration with my PhD students and colleagues: in the last three years alone, I have been able to consolidate scientific results in 28 journals and 23 international peer-reviewed conferences as well as a number of technical reports. Three of my PhD students (as co-supervisor) graduated between 2017 and 2018 and one more (as main supervisor) will in July.

Beside the research side, I have been actively contributing to the education of younger students, by graudating 14 master and bachelor students in the last couple of years and giving lectures in energy related courses and summer schools. I am course responsible and main teacher of the master course on wind integration in the power system, redesigned from scratch in 2014, counting more than 60 students in the current edition, with a high level of engagement and commitment. I am also course co-responsible and teacher for another master course on distributed energy technologies.

As final consideration, I can state that dealing with various aspects of the power systems and related energy domains contributed to build up a 360 degrees knowledge and a cross disciplinary approach, that, in my opinion, is necessary to fully embrace the increasing complexity of future power systems with a share of converter driven distributed resources.

My ORCID (researcher digital identifier) is 0000-0001-5184-7269.

Google scholar page here.