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  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende (CS), 2001.
  • 2nd Level Master’s Degree in Hydrogen production systems and  Fuel cells vehicles, University of Messina, 2008.
  • She has enrolled at the PhD second year in Civil and Industrial Engineering, XXXI Cycle at the University of Calabria.

Scientific activity:

Her professional profile revolves around science experiments and design activities relating to low temperature polymer fuel cells (PEFC) and their integration with innovative technologies and renewable energy sources. The object of study encompasses applications in the field of transport (automotive/maritime) and stationary, in which technical evaluations and market research have been carried out according to the national and European regulations and policies of the energy industry. Another study area concerns the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which allows to define and identify the stages of the life cycle of a product or a process having a higher environmental effect.

Furthermore, another activity is the scientific coordination of projects among which, over the last year, the i-NEXT (PON04a2_H) project that is one of the 8 Smart Cities national projects approved within the MIUR (Ministry of Universities and Research) call for entries announced in 2012 “Smart Cities and Communities and Social Innovation”. Within this project, the above mentioned fields (transport, stationary, design, and LCA) are integrated interacting one another through using ICT platforms, and they constitute the fundamental tool for the intelligent urban development of the so called Smart Cities, which are high on the radar also in the national and European new programming activities.

Therefore, the scientific activity is divided into three macro areas:

  • Transport (automotive/maritime): study and development of battery-feed and fuel cells-feed (FC) hybrid electrical powertrains for environmentally friendly vehicles, optimization of hybridization levels (configurations: total FC, range extender, APU), identifying the products for the application of PEFC systems, short term trials (initiatives and projects: quadriycles, minibuses and watercraft);
  • Stationary: trials and use of FC in decentralised small-medium scale energy distribution models with benefits for the producer and the consumer by reducing the cost of electricity and thermal energy. Other FC applications are the UPS systems. Lastly, the FC applications for the home-domestic segment are the object of study as integrated with other energy systems (photovoltaic power system, energy storage system, micro wind turbines, solar thermal system, and home automation/domotics systems).
  • The best FC types for the production of distributed energy, although they have a different level of development, are the polymer cells (PEFC) and the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).
  • Design: design of test stations for PEFC, which are necessary for their characterisation and for the design of small-medium scale photovoltaic power systems. Experiments on PEFC and their integration with innovative technologies and renewable energy sources: test bench, study of materials for applications in harsh environments (marine).

Recent Publications:

  1. Study and design of a hybrid electric vehicle (Lithium Batteries-PEM FC)  – L. Andaloro, A. Arista., G. Agnello, G. Napoli, F. Sergi, V. Antonucci – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2017)
  2. Characterization and comparison between Lithium Iron Phosphate and Lithium-Polymers batteries – F. Sergi, A. Arista, G. Agnello, M. Ferraro, L. Andaloro, V. Antonucci – Journal of Energy Storage (2016)
  3. Development and realization of a hydrogen range extender hybrid city bus – Sergi F., Andaloro L., Napoli G., Randazzo N., Antonucci V. – Journal of Power Sources (2014)
  4. Numerical simulation model for the preliminary design of hybrid electric city bus power train with polymer electrolyte fuel cell  – De Lorenzo G., Andaloro L., Sergi F., Napoli G., Ferraro M., Antonucci V. – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2014)
  5. Evaluation of materials and components degradation of a PEM electrolyzer for marine applications  – Di Blasi A., Andaloro L., Siracusano S., Briguglio N., Brunaccini G., Stassi A., Aricò A.S., Antonucci V. – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2013)
  6. Design of a hybrid electric fuel cell power train for an urban bus  – Andaloro L., Napoli G., Sergi F., Dispenza G., Antonucci V. – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2013)
  7. Alternative energy scenarios for small islands: A case study from Salina Island (Aeolian Islands, Southern Italy)  – Andaloro A.P.F., Salomone R., Andaloro L., Briguglio N., Sparacia S. – Renewable Energy (2012)
  8. Renewable energy for hydrogen production and sustainable urban mobility- Briguglio N., Andaloro L., Ferraro M., Di Blasi A., Dispenza G., Matteucci F., Breedveld L., Antonucci, V. – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2010)
  9. High temperature operation of a solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell stack based on a new ionomer membrane  – Aricò A.S., Di Blasi A., Brunaccini G., Sergi F., Dispenza G., Andaloro L., Ferraro M., Antonucci V., Asher, P., Buche, S., Fongalland, D., Hards, G.A., Sharman, J.D.B., Bayer, A., Heinz, G., Zandonà, N., Zuber R., Gebert M., Corasaniti M., Ghielmi A., Jones D.J. – Fuel Cells (2010)
  10. Demonstration and development of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell system for residential use  – Ferraro M., Sergi F., Brunaccini G., Dispenza G., Andaloro L., Antonucci V. – Journal of power source (2009)

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Researcher (III level)
  • Telephone number: +39 090624287
  • E-mail address: laura.andaloro@itae.cnr.it