Skip to main content

Luigi joined NREL in 2009. He leads the controls and advanced analytics team in the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Group, where he oversees software development and processes for the next-generation whole-building energy modeling, analysis, and simulation tools that include OpenStudio®, EnergyPlusTM and Spawn. Recently, he led projects investigating occupancy sensing and controls, wireless sensor networks for plug load energy monitoring and management, and hybrid power distribution systems in buildings.

Luigi received a prestigious NREL Chairman’s Award in 2014, and a R&D 100 Award in 2013. He has successfully led several DOE and DOD projects, collaborating with other national laboratories and agencies, educational institutions, and private entities.

Luigi comes to NREL from the telecommunications industry, with over 22 years of experience in software engineering with companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Siemens, and Avaya, where he held senior technical positions in networking protocol specifications, call control real-time software development, and requirements engineering.


M.S. Electronic Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

B.S. Electronic Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Featured Work

Electrical Distribution Systems for Commercial Reference Building Models. Article No. 04013005, Journal of Architectural Engineering (2014)

Analysis of Plug Load Capacities and Power Requirements in Commercial Buildings: Preprint, 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (2014)

Monitoring and Characterization of Miscellaneous Electrical Loads in a Large Retail Environment, NREL Technical Report (2014)

View all NREL publications for Luigi Gentile Polese.

U.S. Patents

Simultaneous Distribution of AC and DC Power, No. 9,136,708

Image-Based Occupancy Sensor, No. 9,036,866

Dial Plan Routing for Fragmented Networks, No. 8,462,637

Efficient and Cost-effective Distributed Call Admission Control, No. 8,311,207

Alternate Routing of Media Connections Within a Single Communication System Across Public or Private Network Facilities, No. 7,457,249