Sustainable Energy

Supporting the Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems

Sustainable Energy (SE) is FBK's centre for energy research, innovation and outreach. Our mission is to support the development and the adoption of low-carbon and zero-emission solutions for the production, distribution and storage of energy that minimize environmental impact and contribute to the deep decarbonization of our society.

To advance this mission, SE conducts R&D and innovation projects in collaboration with industry, academia and public institutions in the energy sector. Our vision is grounded in the global and European decarbonization targets, which demand for increased energy efficiency and wide penetration of renewables enabled by sector coupling, use of new energy vectors and innovative storage solutions as enablers of the clean energy transition.


SE believes that the efficient and effective implementation of innovative energy solutions will contribute to balance our ecological footprint and grant a sustainable future for the next generations.

SE promotes R&I on new energy solutions, targeting technology transfer in collaboration with partners at industrial and territorial levels. SE aims at contributing to FBK mission: to achieve results of scientific excellence and to produce an impact on society.


SE aims to support the development of low-carbon and zero-emission solutions for the production, distribution and storage of energy that minimize environmental impact and enhance climate resilience.

To this end, SE offers its know-how, expertise, and facilities in the energy field to help developing new methods, models and technology that can improve the efficiency and flexibility of energy systems in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

Research Areas

The SE Centre performs R&D in four main areas:

  • research on advanced materials and surface engineering for low carbon energy solutions;

  • battery storage technologies (redox flow & next generation battery chemistries);

  • hydrogen technologies (fuel cells, electrolysers, storage solutions, end-uses in hard-to-abate sectors);

  • new tools and integrated solutions supporting the transition to flexible, sustainable and smart energy territories.

Low-Carbon Research

Base science on advanced materials and processes for energy applications

Battery Technology

R&D on battery storage technologies

Hydrogen Technology

R&D on hydrogen production and storage technologies

Sustainable Territories

System integration for territorial energy systems

Value Proposition

We apply our expertise in energy systems and technologies to support our partners in developing innovative solutions for a sustainable energy transition. We provide technological and management support throughout the entire R&D process.

Our core competences include:

  • design, prototyping and validation of new energy technology;

  • modeling and simulation of energy systems;

  • characterization of materials and components;

  • technology scouting and technology assessment;

  • project preparation and management


NOVEMBER 28, 2022

The two-day event is promoted by the 2022 Energy Research Accelerator and the University of Birmingham, and sees the participation of several high-level speakers such as a representative from the Commissioner Simson Cabinet, representatives from DG RTD and key hydrogen stakeholders across the EU and UK.

Check out the agenda of the event!

NOVEMBER 23, 2022

Hydrogen Webinar of EIT Manufacturing

On November 22, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Luigi Crema, participated as key note speaker in the webinar of EIT Manufacturing, the EIT Innovation Community created in 2019 and focused on contributing to make Europe and its manufacturing sector more competitive and sustainable.

The webinar was open to the Community network and included an interestin Q&A session with the participation of FBK, Naco Technologies, Helbio S.A. Hydrogen & Energy production systems, HydroSolid Gmbh.

NOVEMBER 9, 2022

Today, Wednesday 09 November 2022, Luigi Crema will intervene in the Conference "The Hydrogen Challenge: opportunities for the Italian industrial supply chain and the initiatives promoted by the State energy strategy".

The event will take place at the Expo Key Energy in Rimini, international reference point for the dissemination of renewable energies.

For more details on the event: click here.

NOVEMBER 7, 2022

On Thursday 10 November 2022, the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento organizes the event "Future of Hydrogen: technologies and rules" with the partecipation of Director Crema.

For more details on the event: click here.

NOVEMBER 4, 2022

Session 12 of the B2B Forum entitled "Waste to Hydrogen Production", moderated by Luigi Crema, explored the progresses made so far in the field of renewable hydrogen production, the potential to contribute to the target of 20MT of hydrogen by 2030.

On Friday 28 October, Luigi Crema represented Hydrogen Europe Research in the “Closing session and Key Take Aways” of the EU Research Days and Programme Review.

OCTOBER 26, 2022

FBK Researcher rewarded Young Scientist 2022 in the field of hydrogen production during the European Hydrogen Week, in Brussels, by the Hydrogen Europe Research, international and nonprofit organisation.

To read the press release, click here.

May 27, 2022

Luigi Crema has been elected a member of the board of Hydrogen Europe Research, an association that brings together 108 international research institutions dedicated to energy development in the field of hydrogen. In particular, Dr. Crema will be in charge of the hydrogen production Technical Committee.

To read the press release, click here.

May 20, 2022

J. de Magreit, E.G.Macchi and L. Pratticò authored the report on "Green Hydrogen cost and potential". The report estimates the potential for green hydrogen production as a function of land availability, and water scarcity. It forms part of a series of three reports focusing on global hydrogen trade in a 1.5°C scenario in 2050.

To download the report, click here.

May 10, 2022

SE Director Luigi Crema and Giancarlo Sciascia talk about the risks and challenges to the EU energy supply security as a consequence of the Russia-Ukraine war. Crema presents the European plan to cut the EU’s dependence on Russian gas by two-thirds this year. Energy storage, increase in renewable and use of hydrogen are presented.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

November 24, 2021

The meeting is part of the plan of the Slovenian six-month EU's presidency. It is the first step towards the potential creation of a 'North Adriatic transnational hydrogen valley' across Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. This area would be the first example of a hydrogen-based project involving several countries.

To read the programme of the event, click here.

November 22, 2021

In HyUSPRe, a consortium of 7 research partners and 10 industry partners, coordinated by TNO, will work together to establish the feasibility and potential of implementing large-scale storage of renewable hydrogen in porous reservoirs in Europe.

To visit the project website, click here.

About FBK

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