Dr. Michele Bottarelli is an engineer and assistant professor at the University of Ferrara, in Italy. He lectures Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at the School of Architecture and Renewable Energy at the School of Industrial Design.
Renewable energies, energy efficiency in buildings, building physics, heat and mass transfer also in porous media are his main research topics, with special expertise in CFD numerical models.
He is founder and coordinator of the Laboratory to Advance in Ground heat exchange within the TekneHub buildings platform of the High Technology Network of the Emilia Romagna region. Especially, he is testing a novel prototype of ground heat exchanger, and its behaviour in coupling with phase change materials.
As leader of the partnership of the University of Ferrara, new research efforts are addressed to assess the thermal benefits of air-permeability in ventilate tiled pitched roofs (HEROTILE, an European project) and to develop a kit for the hybridization of air-source heat pumps (HEGOS, an Italian project).