Future Built on Knowledge


December 3, 2020

An installation dedicated to hydrogen and its role as an alternative to fossil fuels has recently been presented at MUSE in Trento

As of this year, in the sector dedicated to sustainability on the first floor of Trento-based MUSE, visitors can find an installation dedicated to Hydrogen and its role as an alternative to fossil fuels. It focuses on the collaboration between Fondazione Bruno Kessler of Trento and SOLIDpower SpA, a multinational company in the energy sector based in Mezzolombardo.

“The collaboration context”, Luigi Crema, head of the ARES (Applied Research on Energy Systems) Unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler explains, “starts initially in the European hydrogen platform where FBK participates in the research group and SOLIDpower participates in the industry group. In fact, a structured program of research and innovation on hydrogen has been active at European level for about ten years. FBK had already been involved in the development of projects on hydrogen storage and this solution was deemed interesting by SOLIDpower”.

“The innovative nature of our products, fuel cell co-generators, requires a close relationship with research,” says Massimo Bertoldi, SOLIDpower’s Chief Technical Officer. “Since the company was founded in 2007, we have established several collaborations with institutes and universities, in order to bring innovation to the market in the shortest possible time, given the rapidity with which the energy world is changing. As for hydrogen, just over a year ago we started a research project with FBK and Shell for the development of a hydrogen production system for filling stations that will allow them to offer final users an extremely competitive price”.

“Tackling climate change”, emphasizes David Tombolato, cultural mediator of the MUSE sustainability area, “is an epoch-making challenge that requires everyone’s commitment. Scientific research is intrinsically called to look for new solutions to problems that we, as a species, have created. The contribution of the private sector in combining business and reducing the impact on the environment is, however, critical. The rationale for bringing these contents into an exposition inside a museum is, after all, that of sharing them through a story, in the hope that this story will then be shared and can be of inspiration for many, helping to spread and involve as many players as possible. “

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