Kramer Prize 2022 awarded to Prof. Stefano Consonni
Awarded by the Istituto Lombardo for significant achievements in the field of circular economy
The Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere has awarded Prof. Stefano Consonni of the Department of Energy at the Politecnico di Milano the prestigious ‘Kramer Award 2022’ for his significant practical findings based on the principles of the circular economy.
Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1983, Consonni received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1992. Since 1990 he has taught various courses in the field of Machines and Energy Systems.
I am honoured to receive this award, which recognises thirty years of research and commitment to waste valorisation and carbon capture. Thanks to the Istituto Lombardo and the Kramer Foundation, I will continue with even greater enjoyment to follow these two crucial paths in the difficult journey towards sustainability!
After initial studies on gas turbines, cogeneration and gasification, Prof. Consonni has pursued research and consultancy work on energy production from biomasses and waste, carbon capture, analysis and simulation of energy systems and the environmental impact of energy production.
Since 2005, he has been president of LEAP (Energy and Environment Laboratory Piacenza), a non-profit research centre operating in the energy-environmental sector, founded and still supported by the Politecnico di Milano.
He has been the promoter and scientific co-ordinator of numerous national and international collaborative projects, including the Horizon CLEANKER and HERCULES projects for pilot experiments with carbon capture, use and storage. Since 2011 he has been the director of MatER (Matter and Energy from Waste), a study centre promoted by the Politecnico di Milano and supported by the major Italian companies in the sector, which intends to act as an authoritative point of reference for scientific research and the identification of technical solutions in the field of waste reclamation.