Alberto Traverso

Professore Associato


(+39) 010 33 52442

via Montallegro 1, 16145, Genova
Stanza 29
Schedule for students: on appointment

Alberto Traverso; Associate Professor of Energy Systems at University of Genoa (DIME) since 2014, formerly Assistant Professor since 2005.
Academic Qualifications: Degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Genoa, 2000) with honours, Professional Engineer (2000), Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Genoa, 2004).
Main duties: Adjunct Assistant Professor at West Virginia University (USA) since 2010, Research scholar at National Energy Technology Laboratory – NETL (USA) since 2009, Vice-Chair and Point of Contact for Cycle Innovations Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – ASME in 2009-2012, Member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) for Gas Turbine Society of Japan (GTSJ) in 2013-2015.
Past Appointment:   “Experienced researcher” under Marie Curie “EnSOFC” grant (2007 – 2010), at Rolls-Royce FCS laboratories, UK, and under Marie Curie “Bio‐SOFC” grant (2007 – 2010), at AGH laboratories, Poland. External reviewer for Cambridge University PhD in 2008.
Research interests:  Alberto Traverso is active in the field of Advanced Energy Systems both in the experimental and theoretical fields. The main topics are: advanced energy cycle thermoeconomic assessment, dynamic analysis of advanced gas turbine cycles - including fuel cell hybrid systems, development of advanced controls for energy systems, energy from the sea. Alberto Traverso led or was involved in different experimental research activities: externally fired microturbine cycles, biomass gasification and pyrolysis, wave power technology, hydrogen production, smart polygeneration grids.
Research results:  The research activity has produced more than 150 scientific papers, most of them published at International conferences and Journals, 11 invited lecturers, 9 patents (I and US), 6 awards: 2013 ASME Best Paper Award, 2009 Ansaldo Energia Innovation Award, 2008 ASME Best Paper Award, 2006 10 most cited articles for the years 2002 to 2005 of the Journal “Applied Thermal Engineering”, 2003 ASME Best Paper Award, 2001 The European Talent Award for Innovative Energy Systems in Pow_Gen Europe EXPO framework . Transfer of knowledge to National companies (ENEL, ENI, Ansaldo Energia) and International companies (Rolls-Royce, VAST Power Systems).
Leadership and funding:  Alberto Traverso has been Scientific Responsible for the University of Genoa of more than 1Meuro research projects, including EU funded projects (Energy-Hub, RESILIENT, Bio-HyPP), International projects (National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA), National projects (Regional Council), private company research (Ansaldo Energia, D’Appolonia, Techcom, etc.). 
National and international consultant positions: Expert reviewer for Horizon 2020, European Commission, since 2014. Inspector for GSE, Rome, since 2011, for Cogeneration Power Plants. Evaluator of research projects for Regione Piemonte in 2010 and 2011. Evaluator for Slovakia National research projects in 2006. Consultant for VAST  Power Systems Inc. (USA) in 2002 and 2003.


A. Traverso, D. Tucker, C. Haynes, 2012, “Preliminary Experimental Results of Integrated Gasification Fuel Cell Operation Using Hardware Simulation”, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 134, pp. 071701/1-10.
A. Martini, A. Sorce, A. Traverso, A. F. Massardo, 2013, “Data Reconciliation for power systems monitoring: Application to a microturbine-based test rig”, Applied Energy, 111, 1152-1161.
F. Caratozzolo, M. L. Ferrari, A. Traverso, A. F.Massardo, 2013, “Emulator Rig for SOFC Hybrid Systems: Temperature and Power Control with a Real-Time Software”, Fuel Cells 13, 2013, No. 6, 1123–1130.
M. L. Ferrari, A. Traverso, M. Pascenti, A. F. Massardo, 2014, “Plant management tools tested with a small-scale distributed generation laboratory”, Energy Conversion and Management, 78, 105–113.
S. Barberis, M. Porta, A.N. Traverso, A. Traverso, A.M. Ferrari, A. Paraboschi, 2014, “Thermal Storage for Solar Hybridized Gas Turbines”, Mechanical Engineering - ASME Global News, Vol.53, pp.49-51.