Fontina Petrakopoulou

Professor in Energy Engineering
Phone number: +34 91 624 9935
Office: 1.1.D.18 (Edificio Betancourt, Campus Leganes)

Curriculum Vitae

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I am a Ramón y Cajal Professor (tenure-track) at the Department Thermal and Fluid Engineering of the University Carlos III of Madrid. I am also currently leading the research line Water-Energy Nexus of the Department.

I received my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Crete (2005) and my Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin (2010). I have worked as a researcher in Germany, Spain and Greece holding European Fellowships (Marie-Curie Actions, 2006-2018).

My work focuses on the simulation and optimization of energy conversion processes using thermodynamic, economic and environmental criteria. The energy conversion processes I study include, among others, renewable- and fossil-based power plants,biofuel generation processes and zero-emission energy processes (including CO2 capture).

My research lines include:

I have taught courses on heat transfer and the optimization of thermodynamic systems and have supervised a large number of bachelor and master theses. I have been honoured with a best paper award and my Ph.D. thesis was chosen as one the three best in Germany by RWE AG. I am the author of various journal articles and book chapters and have participated in numerous international conferences and workshops.





Selected publications (For full list see here)
Since 2010, I have published 33 peer-reviewed journal papers. I am the first author in 26 of these papers and sole author in 3 (four more are currently in preparation). I have also published 2 chapters in books, 5 technical reports and written 2 sets of lecture notes.

Gonzalez-Gomez P.A., Petrakopoulou F., Briongos J.V., Santana D., 2017. Cost-based design optimization of the heat exchangers in a parabolic trough concentrating solar power planta, Energy 123, 314-325.

Petrakopoulou F., 2016. On the economics of stand-alone renewable hybrid power plants in remote regions, Energy Conversion and Management 118, 63-74.

Petrakopoulou F., Robinson A., Loizidou M., 2016. Simulation and analysis of a stand-alone solar-wind and pumped-storage hydropower planta, Energy 96, 676-683.

Petrakopoulou F., Sanz-Bermejo J., Dufour J., Romero, M., 2016. Exergetic Analysis of Hybrid Power Plants with Biomass and Photovoltaics Coupled with a Solid-Oxide Electrolysis System, Energy 94, 304-315.

Peters J., Petrakopoulou F., Dufour J. 2015. Exergy analysis of synthetic biofuel production via fast pyrolysis and hydroupgrading, Energy 79, 325-336.

Petrakopoulou F., Tsatsaronis G., 2014. Can Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage from Power Plants Reduce the Environmental Impact of Electricity Generation, ACS Energy & Fuels, 28(8), 5327 5338.

Petrakopoulou F., Lee Y.D., Tsatsaronis G., 2014. Simulation and Exergetic evaluation of CO2 capture in a solid oxide fuel cell combined cycle power planta, Applied Energy 114, 417-425.

Petrakopoulou F., Tsatsaronis G., Morosuk T., 2012. Advanced exergoenvironmental analysis of a near-zero emission power plant with chemical looping combustion, Environmental Science and Technology 46, pp. 3001-3007.

Petrakopoulou F., Tsatsaronis G., 2012. Production of hydrogen-rich fuels for pre-combustion carbon capture in power plants: A thermodynamic assessment, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37 (9), pp. 7554-7564.

Petrakopoulou F., Tsatsaronis G., Morosuk T., Carassai A., 2012. Conventional and advanced exergetic analyses applied to a combined cycle power planta, Energy 41 (1), pp. 146-152.

Petrakopoulou F., Boyano A., Cabrera M., Tsatsaronis G., 2011. Exergoeconomic and exergoenvironmental analyses of a combined cycle power plant with chemical looping technology, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 5 (3), pp. 475-482.