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Massimiliano Luna

Contact information

Position Research Scientist
Phone +39 091 6809111
Office Area della Ricerca CNR – Palermo
AddressVia Ugo La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
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Short biography

Massimiliano Luna received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in energy science from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. Since joining the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy in 2009, he has authored more than 50 scientific papers and co-authored a book chapter. He holds an IT patent and a US patent on a low-cost, high-performance micro-Wind Energy Conversion System. Furthermore, he developed two software applications for the Matlab environment.
Dr. Luna serves as a reviewer for several journals and conferences. He is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, and Power & Energy Societies. He is a member of IEEE Smart Grid, Internet of Things, and Transportation Electrification Communities as well.
He currently works at the Institute of Marine Engineering branch of Palermo, where he is also in charge of the Electric Drives and Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Research interests

– Power electronic converters for generators, loads, storage systems, and grid connection
– Static and dynamic modeling of renewable sources (PV, wind, fuel cells) and maximum power point tracking techniques
– Energy Management Systems for optimal power management in micro- and nano-grids
– ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI) filters
– Signal processing and embedded systems (microcontroller, DSP, FPGA, SoC)

Research topics/groups

Smart technologies for sustainable and efficient energy conversion and management

Selected projects

Project TecBIA
Research contract signed with Fincantieri S.p.A. under a project funded by MISE, PON I&C 2014-2020, with decree D.M. 01/06/2016.
Topic: developing innovative technologies to generate and manage electrical power onboard
Project duration: 31/10/2018 – 30/10/2021 (ongoing)
Role: participant
Project Leadership Tecnologica GEI
Research contract signed with Fincantieri S.p.A. under a project funded by MIT with decree n. 196 / 10.06.2015.
Topic: developing innovative technologies for electrical generation onboard
Project duration: 01/01/2017 – 31/12/2018
Role: participant
Project NEWEST
Research contract signed with Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM).
Topic: designing and building a prototype of micro-WECS
Project duration: 09/01/2015 – 04/07/2016
Role: project manager

Selected publications

  • G. La Tona, M. Luna, M.C. Di Piazza, A. Di Piazza. “Towards the real-world deployment of EMSs for networked dwellings: an embedded DP implementation”. MDPI Applied Sciences. 2019, 9(10), 2120.
  • S. M. Collura, D. Guilbert, G. Vitale, M. Luna, F. Alonge, F. D’Ippolito, A. Scipioni, “Design and Experimental Validation of a High Voltage Ratio DC/DC Converter for Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzer Applications,” in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, vol. 44, no. 14, pp. 7059-7072, 2019
  • M. C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. La Tona and A. Di Piazza, “Improving Grid Integration of Hybrid PV-Storage Systems Through a Suitable Energy Management Strategy,” in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 60-68, Jan.-Feb. 2019
  • M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, M. Pucci, “Electrical Loss Minimization Technique for Wind Generators based on a Comprehensive Dynamic Modeling of Induction Machines,” in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 3696-3706, July-Aug. 2017
  • M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Petrone, G. Spagnuolo, “Translation of the Single-Diode PV Model Parameters Identified by Using Explicit Formulas,” in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 1009-1016, July 2017
  • M.C. Di Piazza, G. La Tona, M. Luna, A. Di Piazza, “A two-stage Energy Management System for smart buildings reducing the impact of demand uncertainty,” in Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, vol. 139, pp. 1-9, March 2017
  • M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale, “EMI Reduction in DC-fed Electric Drives by Active Common Mode Compensator,” in IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, vol. 56, issue 5, pp. 1067-1076, 2014
  • M.C. Di Piazza, M. Luna, G. Vitale, “Dynamic PV Model Parameter Identification by Least Squares Regression,” in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. vol. 3, issue 2, pp. 799-806, 2013