Dr Adriano Sciacovelli PhD

Adriano Sciacovelli

School of Chemical Engineering

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Adriano Sciacovelli is a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering working within the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. His research focuses on the design of new materials and devices to store hot and cold thermal energy for more efficient and sustainable energy systems. He works on multiple EPSRC and industrial projects.

Dr Sciacovelli has published more than 40 papers in international journals and regularly gives talks at international conferences. He has been recently awarded with the U21 Staff Fellowship and with the Edward F Obert Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Adriano collaborates with various research group across Europe including institutes in Germany, Spain and Italy. He is a passionate researcher and he regularly engages with stakeholders and general audience as dissemination activity.


  • Research Associate, Politecnico di Torino, 2010-2014
  • Phd in Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Postgraduate supervision

  • Currently co-supervise 4 PhD students and several Masters students


  • Materials for thermal energy storage
  • Manufacturing of storage materials
  • Liquid air energy storage
  • Numerical modelling and optimization of energy systems


  • Li Y., Sciacovelli A., Peng X., Radcliffe J., Ding Y. (2016). Integrating compressed air energy storage with a diesel engine for electricity generation in isolated areas. Applied Energy 171; 26-36. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.02.109
  • Guelpa E., Toro C., Sciacovelli A., Melli R., Sciubba E., Verda V. (2016). Optimal operation of large district heating networks  through fast fluid-dynamic simulation. Energy 102; 586-595. doi: 10.1016/j.energy.2016.02.058
  • Sciacovelli A.,  Verda V. (2016). Second law design of a latent heat thermal energy storage with branched fins. International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow. doi: 10.1108/HFF-01-2015-0040
  • Sciacovelli A. (2016). Toward efficient control of energy systems: an application of proper generalized decomposition to thermal storage. International Journal of Thermodynamics 16; 19-27. doi: 10.5541/ijot.5000153324
  • Pizzolato A., Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2015). Transient local entropy generation analysis for the design improvement  of a thermocline thermal energy storage. Applied Thermal Engineering; 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.12.072
  • Cosentino S., Sciacovelli A., Verda V, Noce G. (2015). Optimal operation of ground heat exchangers in presence of design anomalies: an approach based on second law analysis. Applied Thermal Engineering; doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.11.130
  • Verda V., Cosentino S., Lo Russo S., Sciacovelli A. (2015). Second law analysis of horizontal geothermal heat pump systems. Energy and Buildings; doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.09.063
  • Guelpa E., Sciacovelli A., Verda V., Ascoli D. (2015). Proper Orthogonal Decomposition method as model reduction technique for wildfire behaviour prediction by physical models. Submitted to Journal of Wildland Fire
  • Sciacovelli A., Verda V., Sciubba E. (2015). Entropy generation analysis as a design tool – A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 43; 1167–1181. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.11.104
  • Sciacovelli A., Gagliardi F., Verda V. (2015). Maximization of performance of a PCM latent heat storage system with innovative fins. Applied Energy 137; 707-715. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.07.015
  • Sciacovelli A., Guelpa E., Verda V. (2014). Second law optimization of a PCM based latent heat thermal energy storage system with tree shaped fins. International Journal of Thermodynamics, 17, 127-136.  doi: 10.5541/ijot.549
  • Sciacovelli A., Guelpa E., Verda V. (2014). Multi-scale modeling of the environmental impact and energy performance of open-loop groundwater heat pumps in urban areas. Applied Thermal Engineering, 71, 780-789. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2013.11.028
  • Guelpa E., Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2013). Entropy generation analysis for the design improvement of a latent heat storage system. Energy, 53, 128-138. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2013.02.017
  • Verda V., Sciacovelli A. (2012). Optimal design and operation of a biogas fuelled MCFC system integrated with an anaerobic digester. Energy, 47, 150-157. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2012.09.060
  • Sciacovelli A., Colella F., Verda V. (2012). Melting of PCM in a thermal energy storage unit: numerical investigation and effect of nano-particles Enhancement. International Journal of Energy Research, 37, 1610-1623. doi:10.1002/er.2974
  • Sciacovelli A., Verda V., Amelio C., Repetto C., Diaz G. (2012). Performance improvement of a circular MCFC through optimal design of the fluid distribution system. Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 9, 041011. doi:10.1115/1.4006798
  • Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2012). Sensitivity analysis applied to the multiobjective optimization of a MCFC hybrid plant.  Energy Conversion and Management, 60, 180-187. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2012.02.011
  • Colella F., Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2012) Numerical analysis of a medium scale latent energy storage unit for district heating systems. Energy, 45, 397-406. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2012.03.043
  • Verda V., Baccino G., Sciacovelli A., Lo Russo S. (2012). Impact of district heating and groundwater heat pump systems on the primary energy needs in urban areas. Applied Thermal Engineering, 40, 18-26. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.01.047
  • Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2011). Entropy generation minimization for the optimal design of the fluid distribution system in a circular MCFC. International Journal of Thermodynamics, 14, 167-177. doi:10.5541/ijot.320
  • Verda V., Sciacovelli A.  (2011). Design improvement of circular molten carbonate fuel cell stack through CFD analysis. Applied Thermal Engineering, 31, 2740-2748. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2011.04.046
  • Sciacovelli A.,  Verda V. (2011). Entropy generation analysis for the design optimization of solid oxide fuel cells. International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, 21, 535 – 558. doi:10.1108/09615531111135819
  • Sciacovelli A. (2010). Thermodynamic optimization of a monolithic-type solid oxide fuel cell. International Journal of Thermodynamics, 13, 95-103
  • Smith C.E., Sciacovelli A., von Spakovsky M.R., Verda V. (2010). 3D Quantum thermodynamic description of the non-equilibrium behaviour of an unbounded system at an atomistic level. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 237. doi: 10.1088/1742 6596/237/1/012022
  • Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2010). Entropy generation minimization in a tubular solid oxide fuel cell. Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 132.  doi:10.1115/1.4001063
  • Sciacovelli A., Smith C., Verda V., von Spakovsky M.R. (2010). Quantum thermodynamics: Non-equilibrium 3D description of an unbounded system at an atomistic level. International Journal of Thermodynamics, 13, 23-33
  • Sciacovelli A., Verda V. (2009) Entropy generation analysis in a monolithic-type solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Energy, 34, 850-865. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2009.03.007

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