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Luigi Crema, head of ARES, invited as guest speaker at CCESC 2018!

ARES participates in the Green Week of Trento, the national festival of the green economy!

The BRICKER Final Conference takes place during WSED2018 within the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings on Friday 2 March 2018 in Wels (Austria) from 9-12:30 h. On Thursday 1 March 2018, a presentation of the project will be made in the session “Tomorrow's buildings: energy efficient, digital, user centred”

From Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, March 5, 2017, the North of Italy become a cutting-edge showcase of green thinking at the Green Week, promoted by VeneziePost, Università degli Studi di Trento, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Fondazione Edmund Mach, MUSE-Museo delle Scienze e Trentino Sviluppo.

FBK is organizing the panel "Alternative fuels in the near future mobility." Luigi Crema participate as scientific coordinator of the Italian Hydrogen Mobility Plan.

ARES organize the seminar entitled “Energy planning and the transition to renewable energy systems” with the invited speaker Poul Alberg Østergaard, Professor in energy planning at the Department of Planning at Aalborg University (Denmark)

ARES promotes GEOTERM final congress to present results and application of the research activities regarding methods of analysis and monitoring tools for the characterization of the subsurface and the design of geoexchange systems in the Alpine area.

The IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative.

The ability to store large amounts of electrical energy is of increasing importance with the growing fraction of electricity generation from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar. Solid-electrode batteries are drained far too soon, when discharged at their rated power, to economically fill the gaps in photovoltaic or wind temporal power profiles. Flow batteries show promise because the designer can independently scale the power (electrode area) and energy (arbitrarily large storage volume) components of the system by maintaining all electro-active species in fluids.

The world’s most well-known conference in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cells of the IAHE (International Association for Hydrogen Energy)

Europe is facing a growing energy demand, volatile prices and supply problems. It is also necessary the reduction of the environmental impact of the energy sector. In this seminar - held in Italian - the results of a case study for a new energy strategy at disctirc level ( an entire valley in Trentino - Val di Non) will be presented

ARES will participate at KLIMAHOUSE 2016

Luigi Crema has been invited to present research activities of the ARES unit at the 3rd Dresden Conference "Energy in Future"

CIVIS project at Verona Smart Energy Expo, the first International fair on ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

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.

This seminar organized by ARES research unit will present the first renewable energy hybrid system as a leading example demonstrating the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source.

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.

The CEEM EU project findings addressing eco-energy performance of SMEs in participating regions, including the harmonization of quality and efficiency parameters of the industrial sector through transnational cooperation will be presented during the final closing event in Trieste (Italy)

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 TRANSNATIONAL LAB and INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE in Budapest for the final phase of the CEEM project.

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 SGI-SIMP 2014 Congress with a poster entitled "Seasonal heat storage systems in mountain regions: potential and feasibility of a pilot project in the Trento municipality" written in collaboration with University of Padova.

Main activities

A smart building is a new way to build and manage our homes in order to make them more efficient and sustainable, integrated with renewable energy sources locally available in a reliable and secure way. It is fundamental to address this sector improving our buildings in environmental and sustainability profiles. At the same time, it is important the promotion of new models of interaction and the creation of awareness in our communities regarding energy saving methodologies: working together with households, schools, companies, governments and no-profit organisations we could create smart communities able to educate each citizen to use less energy, reducing energy bills and contributing to improve the environment.


CH2P consortium meets together in Amsterdam (Netherlands) at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA) for the official third technical meeting.


ARES attend the final review meeting of the BRICKER project that took place in Brussels

ARES participates in the Green Week of Trento, the national festival of the green economy!

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 technical project meeting of the CH2P project in Sion (Austria).

CH2P consortium meets together in Trento (Italy) for the official first technical meeting organized by ARES

CH2P aims at building a transition technology for early infrastructure deployment, developing a new technology for the future network of HRS, using widely available carbon-lean natural gas (NG) or bio-methane to produce hydrogen and power through Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology. Luigi Crema, Head of the ARES, is the project coordinator.

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

Online the geothermal map of Trentino. The work, presented yesterday during a technical conference at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento, is the result of the GEOTERM project and is now available in WebGIS mode.

ARES will be at the 2016 edition of EuroSun with a new scientific publication

Luigi Crema invited to open the second edition of SIER: Introduction to Renewable Energy School

ARES partecipate at Trento Smart City Week

Michael J. Aziz will be at FBK in the context of the collaboration with Green Energy Storage, a company that has engaged in the industrial development of organic batteries and assigned to FBK the research and innovation activities.

Welcome to the 5th edition of the BRICKER newsletter

ARES attend the two days BRICKER project meeting in Seville (Spain) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

As the CIVIS project is entering its last phase, increasingly more effort is done on the implementation of the project on its pilot sites. CIVIS has two pilot sites in the Trentino Region, Italy (San Lorenzo and Storo) and two pilot sites in Sweden (Hammarby Sjöstad and Fårdala). This issue of our newsletter focuses on the Swedish pilot sites and other activities carried out by the members of the consortium during the past months.

Luigi Crema participate at the event organized in collaboration with the University of Trento entitled "R.E.D.S. 2ALPS - Flowing Knowledges".

FBK with the research unit ARES is the scientific coordinator of "'Mobilità Idrogeno Italia" for the proposal of a national plan regarding the development of infrastructures for hydrogen supply in the transport field.

Diego Viesi is part of the team winner of the SUNSHINE Challenge 2015

ARES attend the three days BRICKER project meeting in Liege (Belgium) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

Students working on BRICKER are awarded first prize for presentation at European Researchers’ Night – Trento, Italy

ARES is featured in the 3th Newsletter from BRICKER Project

ARES attend the two days CIVIS project meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

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.

Luigi Crema – How to make solar energy systems more widespread?

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.

On 20th November Trieste hosted the Final Event of CEEM project. Project partners, policy makers from CE countries and stakeholder met to discuss the project results and its support to CE companies to go towards greener production patterns.

ARES attend the TRANSNATIONAL LAB and INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE in Budapest for the final phase of the CEEM project.

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.

ARES have organized and attended the meeting with regional territorial partners to address the final phase of the CEEM project.

ARES will attend the CEEM Project Meeting in Budapest (Hungary) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities, in particular as regards the definition of the CEEM Transnational Territorial Strategy.

ARES have attended the meeting in Trieste (Italy) with the italian partners to address the final phase of the CEEM project.

ARES attend the CIVIS Project Meeting in Trento (Italy) to discuss the progress of the project and to plan future activities.

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.


SMART ALTITUDE aims at enabling and accelerating the implementation of low-carbon policies in winter tourism regions. Smart Altitude will demonstrate the efficiency of a decision support tool integrating all challenges into a step-by-step approach to energy transition. The approach is implemented in three case study sites and prepares for replication in 20 other tourist settlements in the Alpine Space. The project targets policymakers, infrastructure operators, investors, tourism associations and entrepreneurs organisations.

OSMOSE is preparing the necessary flexibilities for the electricity system of tomorrow. The integration of a rapidly growing share of non-dispatchable Renewable Energy Sources (RES) into the traditional electricity system will require a significantly increased level of (system) flexibility through a holistic approach that captures synergies across needs and/or hybrizing sources to create a cost-efficient power system.

STARDUST aims to transform present day cities to smarter cities through a holistic replication model. It will be combining expertise of the different consortium partners on smart buildings, energy efficiency, ICT, and e-mobility, coupled with innovation and social engagement coming from the locals.

CH2P aims at building a transition technology for early infrastructure deployment, developing a new technology for the future network of HRS, using widely available carbon-lean natural gas (NG) or bio-methane to produce hydrogen and power through Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology.

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.

GEOTERM project aims to assess the suitability and potential of the territory of the Autonomous Province of Trento to widely host plants of heat exchange with the ground-coupled heat pump for air conditioning, promoting the responsible and sustainable development of this technology in order to contribute at the goals of the H2020 program.

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.

CIVIS’s aim is to contribute to the design of a fairer, more sustainable, energy-optimised smart city. The project focuses on the ICT-enabled social dimension to harness the potential of innovation of individuals and collectives with respect to energy prosumption. CIVIS will link energy, ICT and society to achieve significant impacts in terms of CO2 reduction and new forms of social innovation.

EDEN Project aims at developing a new storage material with high hydrogen storage capacity, able to be managed in real-time for distributed level applications, included on a specifically designed storage tank and interlinked to an energy provision system able to match intermittent energy sources with local energy demand - e.g. for buildings and small dwellings.

CEEM aims at supporting environmentally friendly technologies in the industrial production of the Central Europe regions by offering to SMEs operational methods, good practices and an IT tool to self-assess their performance. The project aims at matching jointly environmental positive performance towards business improvement by showing the economic advantages of greener production and consumption patterns

FBK – ARES will provide a contribution for the realization of the MIT – MEL connected home that became a demonstration site for innovative energy technologies and systems

The BIOPATH project will perform a full lifecycle assessment (FLA) in the specific ambitious field of biomass resources and all the value chain related to their use for energy generation / conversion.

BioDomUs has the objective to develop a demonstrative domestic unit for the cogeneration of electrical and thermal power from domestic stoves.

BioTec has the objective to exploit an efficient energy conversion of biomass wastes from the agriculture and forestry sector at territorial level.

Tools and facilities

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.

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.