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ARES participate with the project STAR at the two days meeting of the ITPAR Scientific Committee inside the India – Trento Program for Advanced Research ITPAR III (2012-2015)

ARES will be at SolarPACES 2015 Conference with the poster entitled "Numerical Analysis of Radiation Propagation in Innovative Volumetric Receivers Based on Selective Laser Melting Techniques".

Demos, workshops, coffee and scientific aperitifs, speed-dating with the researchers, debates and flash talk, and more! To learn about the research and its thirty actors: ordinary people with an extraordinary job!

Sustainable Places 2015 is an annual event focusing on Energy Efficiency at building, distric and city levels.

A seminar at territorial level to spread the knowledge concentrated solar power technologies for the production of renewable energy.

FBK will participate at the Set Plan Conference 2014 contributing with his vision in the energy domain.

ARES unit will host PhD Sylvain Quoilin, researcher at the University of Liege and JRS Petten, for a seminar regarding Development and Applications of Organic Rankine Cycle.

ARES will be at the italian Energy Summit entitled "Europa Domani - Quale Energia per il futuro?" with an invited presentation about the research activity carried on in FBK in the energy domain, and in particular on distributed energy systems.

ARES will participate at the Open Innovation Forum in Moscow (Russia) to promote the CSP technology developed inside the project DiGeSPo.

ARES will participate at the Technology Workshop on Solar Process Heat for Industry, organized in the framework of the joint task of IEA SHC Task 49 and Solar Paces IV on “Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes”.

ARES will be at EuroSun 2014 Conference with the paper entitled "Characterization of a Medium Temperature Concentrator for Process Heat - Tracking Error Estimation".

ARES will be at SolarPACES 2014 Conference with the paper entitled "Poly energy generation from a small-scale concentrated solar power".

ARES participate at the Sustainable Energy 2014: ISE Annual Conference is a one-day conference on sustainable energy research and applications open to all interested parties including students, professionals, engineers, industrialists, policy makers, government employees, teachers and journalists, besides others.

Main activities

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is a technology that produces electricity by concentrating sunlight onto a small area. A major advantage of the CSP plants is that they generate power reducing carbon dioxide emissions, especially during grid peak demand. By this way, CSP can potentially displace the use of fossil fuel plants that emit the greenhouse gases that causes climate change. Nowadays, large-scale research efforts are necessary to improve performances of CSP technology, in order to reduce technology development costs and foster a global market penetration, making this technology profitable and compatible as an alternative source of clean energy.


The mai results of the EU-funded project BRICKER is presented, describing the retrofitting of the demo site buildings with new energy efficiency solutions for public buildings developed by the project consortium.

ARES attend the two days project meeting of the INSHIP project in Graz (Austria) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

ARES attend the two days coordination meeting of the project INSHIP project in Freiburg (Germany)

ARES attend the two days kick-off meeting of the INSHIP project in Brussels (Belgium).

ARES at the first EERA Conference with the work entitled "Schemes of integration in thermal application and power cycle for small scale concentrated solar systems".

ARES participate ad the workshop "Solar Thermal Electricity is Back on the EU's Political Agenda"

Welcome to the 5th edition of the BRICKER newsletter

SolarTech, the project proposed by ARES Research Unit managed by Luigi Crema, aim to move from research to the market a CSP solar energy technology able to provide electricity and thermal energy for residential and industrial applications.  

ARES attend the two days STAGE STE IRP project meeting in Freiburg (Germany) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

ARES participate at the two days meeting of the ITPAR Scientific Committee inside the India – Trento Program for Advanced Research ITPAR III (2012-2015)

ARES is featured in the 3th Newsletter from BRICKER Project

The Scientific publisher ELSEVIER has recently released usage data about two of ARES pubblications for the year 2014.

For the next two weeks, a researcher from ARES research unit will be conductiong experimental activity in collaboration with the IMDEA Energy Center. Innovative volumetric receivers for high temperature applications, designed and realized in FBK, will be tested at the High-Flux Radiation Facilities (KIRAN-42) provided by IMDEA.

Luigi Crema, head of ARES Unit, is intervied on the role played by Ares Unit in BRICKER Project

ARES attend the consultation board on H2020 Energy Project, organized by ENEA in Rome.

ARES attend the four days STAGE-STE project meeting in Perpignan (France) participating at the General Assembly and at the different work package roundtables for the plan of the future activities.

ARES will participate at the Set Plan Conference 2014 contributing with his vision in the energy domain.

Welcome to this second issue of the BRICKER project newsletter

ARES attend the BRICKER Project Meeting in Càceres (Spain) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

STAGE-STE is an Integrated Research Programme (IRP) that engages all major European research institutes to work on Solar Thermal Energy encompasses Solar Thermal Electricity (STE) and related technologies.

Welcome to this first edition of the BRICKER project newsletter. Its purpose is to reach out to all those who have an interest in pushing down energy consumption in the built environment.

ARES attend the meeting, focused to check if the project is on track to achieve its objectives.

Last week the BRICKER consortium launched the new website, designed to provide a platform for dissemination and exchange on retrofit solutions applied to non-residential public buildings.


INSHIP aims at the definition of a European Common Research and Innovation Agenda (ECRIA) engaging the major European research institutes with relevant and recognized activities on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) in order to foster the development and production of these technologies in the industrial sector.

STAGE-STE is an integrated research program (IRP) on the topics Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy that engages all major European research institutes, with the main objective to create a structure for integrated research to fill gaps in coordination between various national programs and offer to the entire European community, under the alliance research - industry, the most competitive value to compete internationally.

The project BRICKER has the objective of reducing energy consumption in public buildings by 50%. It will call on the cutting-edge expertise of partners from 6 European countries. These include technological SMEs, research organisations, construction companies, public bodies and a media agency. BRICKER will deliver innovative retrofitting solutions and demonstrate these in three real settings chosen for their potential for replication. They are located in Belgium, Spain and Turkey.

MISTICO will develop a new system of m-CHP based on hybrid CPV (Concentrated Photo Voltaic) systems to improve the overall efficiency of a CPV cell by the application of new materials and new technological layout.

The DiGeSPo project aims to research and build a modular micro Combined Heat and Power (m-CHP) system based on innovative Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Stirling engine technology. This CSP m-CHP unit will provide electrical power, heating and cooling for single and multiple domestic dwellings and other small commercial, industrial and public buildings.

SolTec realize a new concept of solar driven cooling/heating machine based on a double adsorption/desorption cycle for heating and cooling of households.

Tools and facilities

This laboratory is equipped for the management of electrical and thermal power generation.
It is organized in two different working space: the first is dedicated for electrical generation and combustion and the second dedicated to thermal energy generation and storage.

The Sustainable Connected Home is a Smart Building Facility as a full scale living laboratory. It has an internal surface of about 32 square meters and it’s provided of integrated solar-biomass energy system.
The living laboratory is oriented to test innovative Energy and ICT technologies in a real environment. It has been jointly developed by FBK, MIT Boston and CNR Ivalsa.