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.

Vision

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.



Mission

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:


News and Highlights

JANUARY 22, 2024

USES4HEAT site visit at the cogeneration plant of Alto Garda Power and Cartiere Riva del Garda 

On January 16, 2024, Diego Viesi, Masoud Manafi, Silvia Ricciuti and Francesco Ghionda - researchers of the Sustainable Energy Center of FBK - participated in the first site visit of USES4HEAT Project.

The visit took place in Riva del Garda, at the cogeneration plant of Alto Garda Power which is connected to Cartiere del Garda and the district heating of Riva del Garda.

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JANUARY 18, 2024

Gloria Gottardi nominated member of the PSE 2024 Advisory Board

This year again PSE will take place the first week of September, in Erfurt (Germany). The 19th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering is the established Conference for plasma and ion surface engineering.  

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JANUARY 16, 2024

Director Luigi Crema at the 30th Anniversary of BM Group Holding "Inspiring Innovation"

Luigi Crema, Director of the Sustainable Energy Centre of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler - FBK and President of Hydrogen Europe Research was invited as panelist in the round table "Energy challenge of green hydrogen. 

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NOVEMBER 23, 2023

ELENA CRESPI WINS THE 2023 YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD IN THE HYDROGEN SECTOR

Elena Crespi, a researcher with Fondazione Bruno Kessler‘s  Center for Sustainable Energy (SE), was awarded the 2023 Young Scientist Award by Hydrogen Europe Research, an international organisation that includes 150 universities and research centers from 29 countries.

The award ceremony took place on November 22, in Brussels, during Hydrogen Week

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DECEMBER 21, 2023

USES4HEAT PROJECT LAUNCHED TO ENABLE THE DECARBONISATION OF EUROPEAN HEATING AND COOLING THROUGH INNOVATIVE SEASONAL THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE

The USES4HEAT project kicked off in December 2023 to enable decarbonised and reliable heating supply through innovative large scale seasonal thermal energy storage solutions.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2023

Luigi Crema participates as a speaker in WIVA P&G annual event 

At the WIVA P&G annual event, Luigi Crema outlined the role of research in developing a European hydrogen value chain. Lately, WIVA P&G has been awarded as one of the three European H2 Valley of the Year for their outstanding efforts to develop integrated systems of hydrogen production, supply, storage and use in multiple sectors. 

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NOVEMBER 3, 2023

The SWITCH Project wins the Energy Globe Award 2023 for Italy

the renowned award for sustainability was bestowed last 2nd November by the Trade Consul of Austria, Christoph Plank, to the director of the FBK Sustainable Energy Center, Luigi Crema and to the project coordinator, Matteo Testi. 

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OCTOBER 30, 2023

Luigi Crema participated in the Italy - Germany bilateral workshop on green hydrogen

Luigi Crema, Director of the Center SE and Vice-President of the Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association - H2IT participated in the subsequent panel discussion on the topic "From the Mediterranean to Southern Germany - A Future Hydrogen Corridor".

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OCTOBER 27, 2023


The faces of Sustainable Energy


The Center of Sustainable Energy launches a new initiative! A series of videos with researchers who conduct research and development activities in collaboration with industry, academia and public institutions in the energy sector.  

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OCTOBER 26, 2023

The Center SE participated in the General Assembly of FREE4LIB Project

The researchers Mohsen Shiea, Mattia Duranti and Edoardo G. Macchi participated in the General Assembly of the project FREE4LIB.

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OCTOBER 24, 2023

CETPartnership: Cooperating in Europe and beyond

Luigi Crema, Director of the Center SE and President of HER, has been invited to participate in the panel discussion "CETPartnership: Cooperating in Europe and beyond: on common challenges, approaches and cooperative RDI ways forward". 

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OCTOBER 16, 2023

Director Crema at HESE Bologna to speak about hydrogen funding tools

Luigi Crema invited as panelists to discuss with Giorgio Graditi (ENEA) and Marcello Capra (SET Plan MASE) about the different funding tools currently available to support hydrogen initiatives.

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OCTOBER 6, 2023

The Center SE in Milan at the presentation cerimony of the first hydrogen train

Last 3 October, the first Italian hydrogen train has been presented during the event Expo Ferroviaria 2023 in Milan, and has been realised by Alstom, leading global company in the field of sustainable mobility. 

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OCTOBER 5, 2023

Successful second AMETHyST Project meeting and exchange programme in Innsbruck

On October 4, the second project meeting of the AMETHyST project took place in Innsbruck hosted by the Project Partner Standortagentur Tirol GmbH.

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OCTOBER 2, 2023

The Center SE presented their activities at the Reasearch Night

Last Friday, 29 September 2023, the well-know annual event "The Night of Research" took place at MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, from 5 to 11PM. 

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2023

Elena Crespi wins the AIMSEA PhD thesis Award 2022

The awarded PhD thesis is entitled "Electrical grid balancing with fast-ramping Fuel Cell and electrolysis systems: analysis, modelling and optimization" and was carried out by the researcher Elena Crespi during her PhD at Politecnico di Milano, in the Group of Energy Convesion System (GECOS).

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AUGUST 31, 2023

The Laboratories of FBK’s Sustainable Energy Center at the new Hydrogen Hub in Rovereto

The new Hydrogen Hub will be hosted in Rovereto at the Arcese area. This is provided for in the memorandum of understanding signed by Trentino Sviluppo with the industrial group.

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AUGUST 22, 2023

Alessandro Sartori is among the winners of the Euregio Young Researcher Award 2023

Third place for Alessandro Sartori at the European Forum Alpbach for his paper "Multi-objective optimization of an energy community: an integrated and dynamic approach for full decarbonisation in the European Alps".

Read more about it in the news section.

AUGUST 16, 2023

Schools and Research: the commitment of the Center SE towards education

As FBK, the Center SE believes in and promotes the development of the scientific and research culture in students.

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MAY 8, 2023

H2IT, Italian Hydrogen Association: new board of directors elected. Luigi Crema confirmed as Vice-President and elected as President of the Scientific Committee

It is time to affirm hydrogen as a key vector for the energy transition and security of our country.

Last week, the Members' Assembly confirmed the top management of the Association for the three-year period 2023-2025, which will continue the work done in recent years which allowed H2IT to become a key interlocutor for national and local institutions and bodies.

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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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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.

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