Alessandro Pensini

Alessandro Pensini


Richard Petersens Plads, Building 322, Room 225

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45253483

Alessandro Pensini is a PhD candidate at DTU Electrical Engineering Department. His research focuses on the integration of renewables into the energy system.

Most of his work deals with optimization problems in smartgrids, with a special interest in the potential of energy storage in terms of benefit for both electricity producers and consumers. He also studies energy scenarios with high penetration of renewable energy.

In 2013 he joins the Microgrids group at LBNL (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) as visiting researcher. His contribution at LBNL consists in a new coordinated optimization model suitable for simultaneous control of more facilities connected to the same distribution feeder.


PhD project -   Energy storage and energy system integration

Energy storage plays a key role when penetration of fluctuating renewable electricity reaches a high level. The benefits associated with energy storage in such a scenario reside in its ability to act as energy buffer. Energy storage can accommodate excess renewable production and store it for a later use, ensuring a continuous supply of renewable electricity.

This PhD project aims to investigate different options for coupling the power generation with other components of the energy system, in order to exploit their energy storage capabilities and associated benefits. Energy storage applications embrace a large variety of fields among which: the electrification of the heating systems, the integration of electric vehicles in the electric grid, and operation of energy systems under variable electricity prices.

A better understanding of energy storage and its interaction with energy systems are crucial for fostering renewable energy technologies. 


Main research areas

  • Optimization problems in the energy system (unit commitment, economic dispatch, optimal design size, collectice optimization and others).
  • Solutions for integration between the electricity generation and other parts of the energy system.
  • Energy storage technologies (focusing thermal energy storage).
  • Laboratory testing of fuel cells on a small-scale system.


Scientific tools

  • Matlab; GAMS; LabVIEW; VBA; Homer; STAR-CCM+ (CFD); EES



2002 - 2007 BSc Electrical Engineering - Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia (Italy)
2006 - 2007 University Diploma in Hungarian Studies - University of Pécs – Balassi Institute, Budapest (Hungary)
2008 - 2010 MSc in Mechanical Engineering - KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)

Professional experience

2013 - 2014 Visiting Researcher (LBNL) - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley (USA), EETD - Microgrids Lab
2011 - 2014 PhD candidate (DTU) - Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark)
2006 - 2006 Trainee - CSE Srl, Pavia (Italy)
2008 - 2008 Engineer (consultant) - CSE Srl, Pavia (Italy)
2010 - 2010 Scholarship Holder - ABS Group, Stockholm (Sweden)


Italian (mother tongue), English (good working knowledge), Spanish (good knowledge), Hungarian (good knowledge)

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  • Applied Energy

    ISSNs: 0306-2619, 03062619

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1872-9118

    Pergamon, United Kingdom

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

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