Researcher Profile

DI Paolo Leoni

DI Paolo Leoni


Research Engineer



Competence Unit

Electric Energy Systems




+43 50550 6361


+43 50550 6679


Giefinggasse 2, 1210 Vienna


Field: Thermal Energy Systems

Main Research: Modelling, simulation and optimisation of district energy systems


Feasibility study of solutions to decarbonize heating and cooling networks (increasing the share of energy from renewable source and waste heat) and minimize thermal losses, primary energy consumption, production costs.
Paolo Leoni joined AIT as Research Engineer in November 2016 and has 10+ years of professional experience in the energy industry with particular focus on the production from renewable sources: geothermal, biomass, solar. Prior to his engagement at AIT, he was involved as Process Engineer in several R&D projects aimed at investigating innovative technologies, optimizing the process thermodynamic efficiency, finding possible synergies between different processes. His experience comprehends experimental activity on pilot, demo, and industrial scale, as well as model-based analysis and process optimization in simulation environments. Leoni holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa and a Diploma in Industrial and Information Engineering from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy.


  • RDF co-firing demonstration project at the Enel Fusina power plant
    Author(s): S. Gasperetti, P. Leoni, N. Rossi, A. Di Giovanni, F. Bassi, S. Pavanetto, V. Fantini, A. Cavaliere
    Journal: VGB PowerTech, 6 (2013) ; 39-43
  • Simulation-based study of a novel integration: geothermal – biomass power plant
    Author(s): S. Seethamraju, D. Eisenberg, N. Seifkar, P. Leoni, M. Paci, R. Field
    Journal: Energy & Fuels, 28 (2014) ; 7632-7642
  • Devolatilization and fragmentation of solid lignin-rich residues from bioethanol production in lab-scale fluidized bed reactors
    Author(s): R. Solimene, A. Cammarota, R. Chirone, P. Leoni, N. Rossi, P. Salatino
    Journal: Chemical Engineering Transactions, 50 (2016) ; 79-84
  • Biomass furnace for externally fired gas turbine: development and validation of the numerical model
    Author(s): C. Galletti, V. Giomo, S. Giorgetti, P. Leoni, L. Tognotti
    Journal: Applied Thermal Engineering, 96 (2016) ; 372-384
  • Combustion of lignin-rich residues with coal in a pilot-scale bubbling fluidized reactor
    Author(s): R. Solimene, A. Cammarota, R. Chirone, P. Leoni, N. Rossi, P. Salatino
    Journal: Powder Technology (2017)
  • A critical comparison of linear and nonlinear property estimators in inferential control
    Author(s): G. Pannocchia, P. Leoni, A. Brambilla
    Conference DYCOPS 7 (International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems), Cambridge, MA (USA)
  • Torrefied Biomass Coal Co-Firing Tests on a 500-kWt Furnace
    Author(s): M. Paci, P. Leoni, S. Gasperetti, N. Rossi, G. Bonvicini, G. Coraggio, M. Faleni
    Conference 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Hamburg (Germany)
  • Detailed Long-Term Experimental Characterization of a Small-Sized Externally Fired Gas Turbine Power Plant
    Author(s): P. Leoni, M. Paci, N. Rossi, E. Tosi, S. Gasperetti, G. Coraggio, M. Faleni
    Conference 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Vienna (Austria)

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