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

Energy Transition

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


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.

October 28, 2021

L.Crema (FBK-SE) and G.Monteleone (ENEA) co-chair the key event on "The national hydrogen supply chains: perspectives and development opportunities". The event is part of the Key Energy international exhibition organized in Rimini, Italy.

To read the programme of the event, click here.

October 20, 2021

The latest article on hydrogen storage authored by M. Testi and L. Crema has been published on the October newsletter of "Rinergia". The article (in Italian) reports the role of hydrogen storage in the decarbonization challenge and the main technological solutions currently available.

To read the original article, click here.

October 14, 2021

FBK and SRI assess 10000 scenarios and related outcomes (in terms of annual emissions and costs) based on the optimal penetration mix of 22 energy technologies in the electrical, thermal, hydrogen feedstock and transport demand of Sonatrach Raffineria Italiana. The analysis sets the optimal sustainability scenario for the future of the refinery sector.

September 23, 2021

Infrastructures can historically be best understood as the result of processes of negotiation and collective compromise. The conference will use an interdisciplinary approach to discuss the present and future challenges in the realisation of new infrastructure.

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September 9, 2021

Bureau Veritas and FBK-SE organize a free webinar on hydrogen. We will discuss the economic and environmental opportunities that hydrogen can offer. The new technologies and applications for hydrogen production and use will be presented.

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June 3, 2021

Luigi Crema, Director of the SE Center, talks with Massimo Sideri, editorialist of the Corriere della Sera, on the future challenges and opportunities for hydrogen in Europe and in Italy.

May 20, 2021

ENEA and FBK-SE signed a three-year agreement to conduct joint R&D for innovative solutions to support the energy transition in Italy.

About FBK

FBK is a top Research Institute in Italy, with a community of over 400 researchers and 120 doctoral students, organized in 2 scientific hubs dedicated to technology and to human and social sciences. FBK aims to excel in science with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and social impact.