1. NATURAL SCIENCES
» Energy - generation/storage/distribution
The ITAE is a CNR research Institutes of the Engineering, ICT and transport/energy technologies Department. Within the Department, ITAE’s strategic mission is mainly aimed at promoting and developing innovative energy processes and technologies with a higher efficiency and a lower environmental impact which can be used both with fossil fuels (still available today) and renewable energy sources (expected to become more and more competitive).
The scientific skills already acquired within the former Institute of Chemical Methods and Processes for Transformation and Storage of Energy are related to chemical processes and phenomena which make it possible to generate electrical power and/or thermal energy and new fuels, with particular reference to hydrogen.
More specifically, skills are related to the preparation and characterization of catalysts, supports, electrodes, membranes, bed absorbers and so on, essential components of devices for power generation, transformation or storage. These skills, which represent the chemical core of ITAE, are accompanied by added design, and the realization and testing of complete devices typical of the engineering sector of the Institute, which also deals with the design and test of systems and demonstration facilities to be used both in stationary and mobile energy applications.
Other skills acquired in the area of modelling strongly support both system optimization, and component and device design. Concluding, there are also skills aimed at developing methodologies for the analysis of complex energy systems such as buildings, small areas (municipalities) or large areas (regions).
Starting with the study of the synthesis procedures and material properties, the research activity is carried out through by building devices, studying their applications to stationary and mobile systems and demonstration of their high energy efficiency and low environmental impact in the field.