The Politecnico di Milano is a public technical university established in Italy in 1863, nowadays organised in 12 departments and a network of 6 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. The number of students enrolled in all campuses is approximately 40,000, which makes the Politecnico di Milano the largest Engineering School in Italy.
Within the Politecnico, the research activity pursued at the Department of Energy spans a wide range of thermo-fluid-dynamic and chemical processes required to convert primary energy sources (including fossil, renewable and wastes) into useful forms of energy (electricity, heat, synthetic fuels) in stationary and mobile plants. Participation to the DEMCOPEM project is given by the Group of Energy Conversion Systems (GECOS), with expertise in the field of modelling, simulation and testing of power plants and related energy systems. The main subjects investigated by the Gecos group are related to advanced, clean power generation technologies, with a particular focus to carbon capture techniques, cogeneration, integrated in plants for the production of power and/or hydrogen. Since 2009, the group is also operating a micro-cogeneration laboratory with the possibility of testing fuel cells and combustion-based CHP and trigeneration systems (up to 100 kWe and 200 kWth) as well as fuel processors with natural gas, syngas, liquid fuel and hydrogen feeding, also developing research on high pressure electrolyzers; and a laboratory dedicated to the thermo-physical evaluation of CO2 mixtures.