ITAE develops and promotes environmentally-friendly innovative technologies and energy processes, through the use of fossil and renewable energy sources . ITAE scientific expertise is linked to chemical phenomena and processes, which allow to develop electrical and/or thermal energy and new fuels with specific reference to hydrogen. In particular, the expertise is linked to preparation and characterisation of catalysts, supports, electrodes, membranes, adsorbent beds, etc., which are essential compounds of the devices for the realisation of the process of generating, transforming or storing energy. Such expertise is referred to ITAE chemical core, and beside it has skills such as: design, development, and testing on complete devices. This knowledge is typical of the engineering core of the Institute, which also deals with design and testing of systems and demonstration plants for mobile and stationary applications. Yet, it has expertise in modelling, which is used both to optimise systems and to design compounds and devices. Furthermore, energetic analyses of complex systems such as buildings, small (towns) or big (regions) areas.
The research lines concern the following technology topics:
- Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC)
- Direct-Alcohol Fuel Cells (DAFC)
- Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)
- Electrolysis and Co-electrolysis Processes (PEMWE, SOEC)
- System engineering, testing, and field trials for any and all the Fuel Cells technologies.
Hydrogen and environmentally-friendly fuels
- Hydrogen production from fossil fuels and biofuels
- Hydrogen production from renewable sources and biomass conversion
- Biofuels production from waste and scraps
- Alternative Fuel Production
- Matching renewable sources to electrochemical energy storage systems
- Matching solar thermal energy to absorption systems (solar cooling)