POLITO was founded 150 years ago and represents a leading public university, in Italy and in Europe, in technical-scientific teaching and research. There are currently 26000 students on more than 115 courses. Staff members are more than 900 (professors and researchers), plus about 1000 administrative and technical staff. Politecnico di Torino is strictly connected with the enterprise system, and has a long experience as partner in common research projects with other European and international centres. Almost 700 research project contracts in collaboration with industries and government-funded institutions provide an income of around €19 million each year. As far as the Fuel Cells technology is concerned, different Department carry out research about this topic. In particular, the Energy Department has excellence laboratories for Fuel Cells testing and design. In these laboratories, a research group named STEPS (Synergies of Thermo-chemical and Electro-chemical Power Systems) carries out activities that deal with FCs technology..

What we do

In details, STEPS works on the experimental characterization of the basic fundamentals of single FCs and performance of stationary systems at the residential and industrial scale. As POLITO, STEPS is involved in different European projects related to this topic, such as SOFCOM (FCH JU 2010). Research about Solid Oxide Fuel Cells has been carried out in the last 12 years at the Politecnico di Torino. A research group of around 20 people from different Departments share its skills, facilities and main scientific outcomes

Our role in the ene.field project

POLITO is the leader of the WP3 Task 3.5 which activity concerns the current European and International situation, in terms of Regulation, Codes & Standards (RC&S), pertaining to household applications for fuel cell-based micro CHP technologies, with particular focus on their installation.

POLITO produced a position paper, in collaboration with the European manufacturers involved in the Ene.field project, which aim was to analyze the current RC&S status and to try to supply any possible suggestions that could help the increase of the diffusion of this technology.


Mr Massimo Santarelli