Agreement with Baker Hughes

A leading energy transition company has chosen Politecnico di Milano to collaborate on research and innovation.


Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that provides solutions in more than 120 countries worldwide. Baker Hughes and Politecnico di Milano signed a three-year scientific partnership framework agreement, which provides for the launch of many research contracts.

The themes of the agreement include additive manufacturing, advanced aerodynamics, digital twins, knowledge management, prognostics and data science, with the creation of several executive PhD positions in these research areas.

The partnership between Baker Hughes and Politecnico has already seen important projects created such as the development of FRAPP high frequency response probes, tools for rotodynamic modelling, aeromechanical design and experimental testing of components for gas and steam turbines.

Consolidating the relationship with companies creates a virtuous cycle capable of fuelling research, stimulating training and making our University more competitive. Baker Hughes is the kind of company that knows how to take advantage of this teamwork and look at innovation as a useful investment for the company and university system development

Politecnico di Milano Rector Ferruccio Resta said.

Politecnico di Milano has invested more than five million Euro over the last three years in the development of its laboratories. We want these to become open places of experimentation where companies, like Baker Hughes, can find expertise and new stimuli to address market needs

Over the last five years, Baker Hughes has invested a total of more than 700 million Euro in Italy in Research & Development and the renovation and expansion of its plants. These important figures add up to joint research programmes in partnership with Public Administrations such as the Tuscany Region, the Ministry of Economic Development, and 25 between Universities and Research Centres.

The innovative technologies resulting from this research (particularly in additive manufacturing) are widely used and implemented by Baker Hughes in several of the company's Italian production sites.

With this agreement, we are pleased and proud to strengthen our partnership with Politecnico di Milano which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence

Baker Hughes Innovation and R&D for the Turbomachinery & Process Solutions (TPS) business Vice President Paolo Noccioni, said:

Innovation has always driven Baker Hughes growth and is a key aspect of our production processes, as shown by more than 110 million Euro capital invested by the company in Italy in R&D during 2019.  It is fundamental for our company to consolidate relationships with strategic partners such as Politecnico di Milano, whose support is essential to develop technologies that allow us to be at the forefront of the energy transition process