Imperial College London

Dr Ilaria Guarracino

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Casual - Lab/Eng/Bldg/IT/Med Tech. (inc. Nurses)



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ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





I am currently a PhD student in the Clear Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory in the department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London under the supervision of Dr C.N. Markides and Dr N.J. Ekins-Daukes.This project is in collaboration with the Quantum Photovoltaics group in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College. I am fully founded by Climate-KIC.

In my project I focused on the design of hybrid solar photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) systems for electricity, hot water and cooling generation. I aim to develop a flexible computer tool for the evaluation of the performance of the various system and module configurations. Detailed thermal models of various desig of solar collectors have been developed and validated against experimental data. A novel design of PV cells for this application is an outcome of the research activity.

I am focused on improving the thermal performance of PV/T collectors and system, I look at the control strategies, at the collector and system design and at the time response of the system to fluctuating weather conditions. I have been a visiting PhD student in Cyprus University of Technology under the supervision of Professor Soteris Kalogirou.



Ramos A, Chatzopoulou MA, Guarracino I, et al., 2017, Hybrid photovoltaic-thermal solar systems for combined heating, cooling and power provision in the urban environment, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:150, ISSN:0196-8904, Pages:838-850


Guarracino I, Freeman J, Ekins-Daukes N, et al., PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT AND COMPARISON OF SOLAR ORC AND HYBRID PVT SYSTEMS FOR THE COMBINED DISTRIBUTED GENERATION OF DOMESTIC HEAT AND POWER, HEFAT, 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Guarracino I, Freeman J, Markides CN, Experimental evaluation of a 3-D dynamic solar-thermal collector model under time-varying environmental conditions, ECOS 2016, 29th International conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental impact of Energy Systems

Freeman J, Guarracino I, Kalogirou SA, et al., 2017, A small-scale solar organic Rankine cycle combined heat and power system with integrated thermal energy storage, PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, Pages:1543-1554, ISSN:1359-4311

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