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:

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:


MARCH 24, 2023

Smart mobility and clean energy in Euregio

The event “Euregio Smart Mobility & Energy” took place yesterda, 23.03.2023 in Rovereto and was organised by Trentino Sviluppo and the Standortagentur Tirol, in collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network, to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture and the exchange of best practices among different EU countries.   

See the agenda of the event at this link.

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MARCH 23, 2023

FBK and ACSM promote the energy community of Primiero Valley 

A new project lands in Trentino, with one goal: supporting the creation of a new renewable energy community in the Primiero Valley. Among the 18 partners of COMMUNITAS, there are ACSM S.p.A. and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, through the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Eight European countries are involved in the project: Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland and Croatia. 

A first workshop will be organised at the beginning of May, in Primiero. What is the goal? The event will show to the local population the potential, objectives and stakeholders of COMMUNITAS.

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MARCH 08, 2023

Luigi Crema at the Conference “Valle Idrogeno Nord Adriatico.”

The conference entitled “Hydrogen Valley North Adriatic. Opportunities for the Transnational Ecosystem of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Slovenia and Croatia based on the hydrogen supply chain” took place last Friday, 03 March 2023, in Trieste and online.

Luigi Crema talked about the priorities for the development of the Italian hydrogen supply chain. In his speech, the Vice-President of H2IT Associazione Italiana Idrogenohydrogen does not try to substitute the other technologies: hydrogen completes them. The perspective goes beyond the industrial use, to transports and residential use”.

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MARCH 06, 2023

Joint Declaration on Hydrogen Valleys has been signed. An Historic Moment for the energy future of Europe

The document entitled “Moving the hydrogen economy from niche to scale” indicates the commitment of the European hydrogen industry, the scientific community, and European regions, together with the European Commission to collaborate and achieve the targets set in the European Hydrogen Strategy and REPowerEU and pave the way towards a climate-neutral, circular, competitive, and energy-secure economy in Europe!

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MARCH 03, 2023

Local stakeholders at the table of "Nevermore", the European project dedicated to climate change

In the afternoon of March 2, at the Headquarters of the Autonomous Province of Trento (PAT), the Local Council of the EU project NEVERMORE "New perspectives and tools to support an assessment of the impact and risks of climate change for a climate-neutral and resilient society" was set up. 

Are you interested in knowing more about it?

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MARCH 01, 2023

H2IT meets the Deputy Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy to built a strategic and national perspective for hydrogen

On 27 February 2023, the Hydrogen Italian Association - H2IT met the the Deputy Minister Valentino Valentini. 

The meeting pointed the attention on the hydrogen supply chain in Italy which is increasingly capable of providing innovative technologies and systems along the entire value chain, and make Italy independent in the energy sector and a leader in the green economy. 

Read more about this in the news section.

FEBRAURY 27, 2023

Storing renewable energy, this is the challenge of the future! Interview to Edoardo Macchi, Head of Area Battery Technologies 

By 2035, gasoline and diesel vehicles should disappear from the automotive market. This is the target set by the EU Commission for the decarbonisation of the transport sector. 

In the interview given to "L'Adige", Edoardo Macchi states that it is "an ambitious date, but the plan is feasible".

Read more about this in the news section.

FEBRAURY 23, 2023

Luigi Crema invited to present at the Hydrogen Seminar organised by the Municipality of Bologna 

The Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Luigi Crema, participated as key note speaker in the seminar promoted by the Deputy Mayor for EU/Recovery funds, ecological transition and international relations of Bologna Municipality. 

A rich agenda showed the participation of different stakeholders from public authority, research institutions and companies.

Here, it is possible to download the agenda of the event. 

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FEBRAURY 20, 2023

Direct use of Ammonia in Fuel Cells. AMON Project to pave the way for a New Breakthrough Technology in Europe

New project coordinated by FBK, through the Centre for Sustainable Energy has been launched!

The kick-off meeting of the project AMON “Development of a next generation AMmONia FC system” was held on 31 January 2023 in Trento, hosted by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, and followed by a visit to the manufacturing site of Solid Oxide technology by SolydEra in Pergine. All Partners were present to launch the activities of this Horizon Europe project, which will last for 3 years and is funded from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

Read more about this in the press release!

FEBRUARY 03, 2023

The Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking has confirmed the preliminary results of the Horizon Europe call for Large Scale Hydrogen Valleys. The North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley project has received a positive technical evaluation and is now eligible to move on to the grant negotiation phase.

Read more about this in the news section.

JANUARY 24, 2023

Luigi Crema is the new President of Hydrogen Europe Research

This morning's appointment concerns the most important European research organization in the field of hydrogen. Comprising more than 130 international universities and research centers, Hydrogen Europe Research manages, under the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, a €1.2 billion program.

Click this link (ENG) / (ITA) to read the press release!

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