MARCH 23, 2023
FBK and ACSM promote the energy community of Primiero Valley
MARCH 08, 2023
Luigi Crema at the Conference “Valle Idrogeno Nord Adriatico. Opportunità dell’ecosistema transnazionale del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Slovenia e Croazia basato sulla filiera idrogeno”
MARCH 03, 2023
Local stakeholders at the table of "Nevermore", the European project dedicated to climate change
FEBRUARY 23, 2023
Luigi Crema invited to present at the Hydrogen Seminar organised by the Municipality of Bologna
FEBRUARY 20, 2023
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.
The overarching objective of AMON project is to develop a novel system for the utilization and conversion of ammonia into electric power at high efficiency using a solid oxide fuel cell system. The project will deal with the design of the basic components of the system including the fuel cell, an ammonia burner, ammonia resistant heat exchangers, the engineering of the whole Balance of Plants, and validation of the compliance with ammonia use for all the specific parts and components. Optionally, depending on system needs, an ammonia cracker and anode gas recirculation will be developed.
Fundamental for the project is the interdisciplinary consortium of 13 partners coordinated by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, through the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Renowned industrial leaders such as SolydEra (Italy), Alfa Laval Technologies AB (Sweden), Alfa Laval Aalborg AS (Denmark), Alfa Laval SPA (Italy) and SAPIO Produzione Idrogeno Ossigeno Srl (Italy), KIWA Nederland BV (The Netherlands) and KIWA Cermet (Italia) will collaborate with prominent research institutes such as Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy), Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt OY (Finland), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (Switzerland), European Fuel Cell Forum AG (Switzerland) and Fachhochschule Zentralschweiz - Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland).
The goal of the project is to demonstrate highly efficient, direct conversion of ammonia in fuel cells. Such a breakthrough would enable further major steps towards a sustainable energy economy. The final system will be a 8 kWe, with a heat management system and a possible ammonia cracker. It will aim at an overall electrical efficiency of 70%.
“The Amon project will realize a breakthrough for the direct conversion of ammonia in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells” states Luigi Crema, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy of FBK, and AMON project coordinator. “Ammonia will become an important energy carrier for Europe, and as indicated in the Repower EU Report, it may constitute 40% of hydrogen imported in EU @2030. Ammonia will thus be important for the maritime and shipping sector, for autonomous power systems and remote datacentres, and for all applications where large amounts of energy need to be stored in small quantities. As Fondazione Bruno Kessler we are strongly motivated and glad to support AMON and drive the project to a successful impact”
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FEBRUARY 03, 2023
The Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking, the unique public private partnership supporting research and innovation activities in hydrogen technologies in Europe, has confirmed the preliminary results of the Horizon Europe call for Large Scale Hydrogen Valleys. The North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley project, the transnational project created by the alliance between Croatia, Slovenia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, has received a positive technical evaluation and is now eligible to move on to the grant negotiation phase. If all goes well the project will be eligible for a grant of up to €25 Million in direct funding. The results of the negotiation phase are expected by early February.
The “North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley” with the participation of the Slovenian and Croatian governments, and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia is the first transnational project aimed at developing a dedicated hydrogen valley. The project came about following an agreement between Croatia, Slovenia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the aim of establishing a framework for cooperation in developing environmentally friendly hydrogen-production technologies. This collaboration will not only contribute to transitioning to an integrated ecosystem involving the energy, industry and transport sectors, but will also allow cooperation in research and innovation, to develop a hydrogen supply chain.
The partnership, led by Slovenian Utility company HSE, includes 34 organisations representing key actors from Government, Research and Business communities and covers the entire value chain from production through storage and distribution to final end use of Hydrogen as a key energy vector in multiple sectors.
Key industry players from all three countries will develop pilot projects for the production of over 5000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources and its storage, distribution and usage for the decarbonisation of important industrial sectors such as steel and cement production as well as sustainable transport solutions.
Read the article of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, here.
More information on the project, in Italian, at this link.
JANUARY 30, 2023
The project FLEXIndustries is working to reduce the global emissions and production costs of the industrial sector looking at possible energy efficiency measures and process flexibility methods for energy-intensive industries.
The project has 7 demo plants in 7 industrial facilities in 6 reference countries: Turkey, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany and Italy.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy of FBK is the supervisor of the Italian demo plant, the pharmaceutical industry of Rovereto SUANFARMA. The demo also sees the active involvement of several partners such as HiReF, which will provide the heat pump, and MIDAC, which will provide the battery.
During the General Assembly, in Zaragoza at the end of January, the researchers Diego Viesi and Francesco Ghionda presented the results of the analysis "Flexibility assessment and project framework definition" for the Italian Demo site. The study focus on several aspects:
Energy and process balances
Flexibility market and demand response programs
Flexibility actions and load manageability
Enabling technologies applied in the pilot plant
Decision Support Systems for AI-enabled energy and process flexibility planning and optimization
JANUARY 27, 2023
The researchers Diego Viesi and Gionata Luca participated in the Kick-off meeting of COMMUNITAS, which took place on the 17th and 18th of January 2023 at the NOVA IMS Information Management School, in Lisbon.
The main goal of the project is to pave the way for the empowerment and engagement of different types of consumers and prosumers, placing them at the heart of energy markets.
How? By boosting the creation and exploiting the potentialities of Energy Communities (ECs) as hubs for innovative energy services, integrated with non-energy benefits, co-created together with citizens and other stakeholders. The project will put consumers organised in ECs at the forefront of the digitalisation, decentralisation, decarbonisation, and democratisation of the energy sector.
This Innovation Action Horizon Europe project will enable citizens to become an active element of the energy markets as they will be involved in Social and Policy Labs and in a feedback loop, which will be central to development of the project.
What will be the role of the Centre SE?
FBK with ACSM Primiero will lead the research activities in the pilot site of Primiero Valley, where the realisation of an Energy Community is foreseen during the next two-year period.
Primiero Valley will be one of the eight (8) pilot sites of COMMUNITAS Project.
NOVEMBER 23, 2022
OCTOBER 26, 2022
Every year, the international and non-profit association Hydrogen Europe Research organises a competition that aims at rewarding and give visibility to the work of young researchers, who have personally contributed to a hydrogen-related project.
The initiative wishes to encourage the involvement of students and researchers in the Clean Hydrogen Partnership projects, and attract young talents to work in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells.
This year, the Award Cerimony took place in Brussels during the European Hydrogen Week, the biggest annual event dedicated to hydrogen.
Michele Bolognese received the Award in the field of Hydrogen production, one of the four pillars of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.
MAY 27, 2022
Luigi Crema, director of the Sustainable Energy Center at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, was 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
(v.l.) “This entity,” Crema explained, “is one of the three parts of the Clean Hydrogen partnership and provides support to identify priorities. It is the European Commission’s reference point for research and innovation and the development of the hydrogen supply chain and aims to put European research and industry at the forefront of global competition in renewable hydrogen production technologies. My role will be to support the development of the European Hydrogen Program, giving voice to the research and innovation needs of the production sector. We must maintain European leadership with the European companies in the sector, which are two-thirds of the top 10 positions in the world. I will be interacting with the Board, members of Hydrogen Europe Research and industry colleagues at Hydrogen Europe, as well as the European Commission and Clean Hydrogen partnership program officers.”
The appointment is an extension of the one that took place in 2020. Luigi Crema is also vice president of H2IT, the Italian Association of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.
Read the press release at this link.
MAY 20, 2022
Hydrogen is an essential component of a net zero energy system and has a key role to play in decarbonising sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy industry and long-haul transport. Vast green hydrogen potential exists around the world. However, the potential within specific countries or regions depends on the land available.
This report estimates the potential for green hydrogen production as a function of land availability, considering exclusion zones such as protected areas, forests, wetlands, urban centres, slope 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.
MAY 10, 2022
Crema discusses with Sciasia the European plan to cut the EU’s dependence on Russian gas by two-thirds this year. Energy storage, increase in renewable sources and the use of hydrogen as energy vector are presented as main solutions. The Italian PNRR is also discussed, presenting the opportunities for Italy to increase energy resilience and decrease dependence on foreign import.
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NOVEMBER 24, 2021
The international workshop is part of the plan of the Slovenian six-month EU's presidency. It saw the participation of the governor of Fvg Region Fedriga and high representatives of the Slovenian and Croatian governments, leading companies, and institutions. The workshop 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. The HyUSPRe project researches the feasibility and potential of implementing large-scale storage of renewable hydrogen in porous reservoirs in Europe.
OCTOBER 28, 2021
FBK-SE Director Crema co-chairs with G.Monteleone (ENEA) the key event "The national hydrogen supply chains: perspectives and development opportunities" at the Key Energy conference in Rimini. Key Energy is a leading international exhibition and conference showcasing technologies, services and integrated solutions that promote and accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy.
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
An ambitious endeavor tackled through a novel approach developed by FBK: the coupling of a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm (MOEA) with a smart energy systems simulation software (EnergyPLAN). 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.
Register here: https://lnkd.in/dCH4nB5D
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.
Register here: https://lnkd.in/dCH4nB5D
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.