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CNR – ITAE Italy
The scientific network of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) consists of more than 100 Institutes, divided into 7 Departments. The Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “Nicola Giordano” (ITAE), headquartered in Messina, operates within the Department of “Engineering, ICT and Energy and Transport Technologies”, being one out of a total of 21 research institutes grouped according to similar competences and strategic priorities of the reference macro-area. The department staff numbers about 1.400 people, with approximately 850 researchers/technologists engaged in R&D activities along with the support of technicians and administrative personnel.
ITAE develops and promotes energy-efficient, innovative technologies with low environmental impact through the use of fossil and renewable energy sources. The scientific expertise of ITAE is related to the development and optimisation of chemical and technological processes, for the production of electric and/or thermal energy along with new fuels with specific reference to hydrogen.
ITAE staff, whose scientific component comes from various disciplines such as engineering, industrial chemistry, physics and mathematics, includes, in addition to the Director, 52 researchers, 3 technologists, 16 technicians, 5 administrative staff, 1 professional collaborator, 11 associate professors, 9 research fellows, 1 PhD student.
The activities of ITAE are divided into the following research lines:
Furthermore, some years ago ITAE opened a Test Center for the promotion of “innovation and transfer of energy technologies”, with the aim to create a research infrastructure able to provide a support service to industries operating in development of innovative systems for the production of energy and environmentally-friendly fuels.
ROLE IN PROJECT:
ITAE has a specific know-how in the reference field, being also able to apply technology and knowledge at the industrial level for the achievement of high technological readiness levels (TRL). Within this proposal, ITAE intends to study a catalytic conversion process of CO2-rich gaseous streams into DME. Precisely in the field of production of environmentally-friendly fuels, the research group from CNR-ITAE has developed significant expertise in identifying heterogeneous catalytic systems and processes for obtaining alternative fuels either from fossil sources different from oil (coal and methane) or renewable sources (biomass).
The specific role of ITAE within the CO2Fokus project will be: