Dr.ir. A. (Alberto) Nocentini
Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering during the Bachelor degree, and then with honors in Master of Science of Energy Engineering by the University of Florence oriented towards renewable energies, my thesis was focused on the development of a new 50 kW small wind turbine. Specifically, I have been in charge of designing and testing different blades, intending to optimize the aerodynamics and the internal structure of a small power horizontal axis wind turbine.
After my graduation, I started as a Research Fellow inside the wind section of the REASE group, at the Department of Industrial Engineering in Florence (DIEF). My main activity was the optimization of floating wind turbines using innovative control techniques and fully coupled open source engineering tools - research part of the European project FLOATECH, design and optimization of small horizontal axis wind turbines, and numerical modeling and simulation of wind turbines.
I am working as a researcher at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) in the framework of the project "Offshore wind electricity and hydrogen production at the North Sea" under the supervision of Prof.dr.ir. Zofia Lukszo, Prof.dr.ir. Ad van Wijk and Prof.dr.ir. Chris Hellinga. This project aims to better understand the societal benefits of hydrogen production at the North Sea; in particular is of crucial importance to clarify how the development of offshore wind hydrogen will develop technically and economically, certainly also in combination with the development of offshore wind electricity. This not only concerns offshore production but also offshore transport, storage, landing, and onshore transport according to demand.
The NortH2 project aims to develop 10 GW Offshore wind hydrogen. 3-4 GW electrolyzer capacity should be installed in Eemshaven by 2030, after which some 6-7 GW offshore wind capacity, plus possibly also electrolyser capacity offshore, will be developed up to 2040. Offshore wind electricity production with electricity transport to the coast is now a proven development in line with the market, but that does not apply to offshore wind hydrogen development. It is not clear how the development of offshore wind hydrogen will develop technically and economically, certainly also in combination with the development of offshore wind electricity. This not only concerns offshore production, but also offshore transport, storage, landing and onshore transport according to demand. The interrelations and dependencies of these parts in the value chain will be investigated, too, as the system emergence is shaped not only by the technology but also by the interactions of stakeholders, whereby none of them being in a position to control the whole system.
The focus is on the following tasks:
- Techno-economic assessments for the offshore technologies
- Investigation of onshore landing sites for hydrogen and electricity as a function of the demand and the system boundary