Paolo Gabrielli is a Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich, within the Institute of Energy and Process Engineering, and currently a Visiting Investigator at Carnegie Science thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. He holds a M.Sc. (2014) and a B.Sc. degree (2011), both in Energy and Nuclear Engineering, from the University of Bologna, and a Ph.D. (2019) from ETH Zurich. He performed his M.Sc. program at UCLA with an Overseas Scholarship and his M.Sc. thesis at DTU with an Excellence Scholarship, both granted by the University of Bologna. Before joining ETH Zurich, he had worked for General Electric Aviation (2014) and South Pole, a Swiss carbon finance consultancy (2019-2022).
His research activity deals with the modeling, optimization and assessment of net-zero energy systems, with focus on of the coupling of short- and long-term energy storage and of multiple energy carriers, on distributed energy systems, and on hydrogen and carbon supply chains for the chemical and aviation sectors. Within these application areas, he develops methods to reduce the complexity of optimization problems, mostly related to time series analysis and scenario reduction.
He also work on identifying and assessing possible strategies to enable net-zero carbon emissions in hard-to-abate sectors, focusing especially on the chemical industry.
Paolo Gabrielli was awarded the Hilti Prize 2021 for his PhD thesis, for innovative research that combines science with practical application in an exceptional manner, and represented ETH Zurich at the Global Young Scientists Summit in 2020.