2024 Programme

8th International Sotacarbo Summer School on low carbon energy technologies


Carbonia, Sotacarbo Research Centre, June 10-14, 2024

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General Programme

The Sotacarbo Summer School on low carbon energy technologies aims to provide students and young researchers and professionals with a wide range knowledge on approaches and technologies available and under development to pursue the decarbonisation goals of most of the Countries. In particular, this edition, will be specifically focused on renewable fuels (i.e. hydrogen, methanol, sustainable aviation fuels, and many more) for the deep decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors.

Monday, 10th June
Strategies and challenges of energy transition
The first, introductory day will be devoted to providing the participants with an overview on international goals and strategies to guide energy transition. Particular attention will be given to Europe and the United States, with their ambition to lead the global decarbonization process. The first day includes a visit of Sotacarbo labs and pilot platform, that includes several experimental facilities on biomass gasification and CO2 capture, utilization and storage. The first day ends with an icebreaker dinner.
09:00-09:45 Registration and welcome
09:45-11:15 Opening Ceremony Mario Porcu (Sotacarbo, Italy)

Invited participant to be confirmed

11:15-11:45 Coffee break  
11:45-12:30 The European strategies for energy transition Marcello Capra (Ministry of Environment and Energy Security, Italy)
12:30-13:15 The European “Fit for 55” package and the role of e-fuels Tudy Bernier (CO2 Value Europe, Belgium)
13:15-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:15 The US strategies on energy transition Bhima Sastri (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
15:15-16:00 The Australian strategies on energy transition Noel Simento (Australian National Low Emissions Coal R&D, Australia)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Technical visit

Sotacarbo facilities (labs and pilot platform) on low carbon energy conversion

20:00-22:00 Icebreaking dinner


Tuesday, 11th June
Green fuels from biomass and waste
The second day is focused on advanced approaches and technologies to produce renewable fuels from biomass and biowaste. Attention will be given to both biochemical and thermochemical processes, including gasification technologies. A hint on energy storage approaches and technologies will be provided as well.

Specific workshops, organized in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), will allow discussing energy trends and advanced modelling as an instrument for technology development.

09:00-09:45 The role of biomass and biowaste in energy transition Speaker to be confirmed
09:45-10:30 Hydrogen production by biomass and waste gasification Massimiliano Materazzi (University College London, United Kingdom), and Francesco Parrillo (University of Campania, Italy)
10:30-11:15 Biofuels production and use Aimaro Sanna (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom)
11:15-11:45 Coffee break  
11:45-12:30 Towards circular economy: Waste biorefinery for carbon neutrality Muhammad Farooq (University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan)
12:30-13:15 Advanced approaches for energy storage Giorgio Cau (University of Cagliari, Italy)
13:15-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-16:00 School workshop #1

Energy trends in the United States

Bhima Sastri (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 School workshop #2

Advanced modelling for the development of novel energy technologies

Mehrdad Shahnam (U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA)


Wednesday, 12th June
Power to green hydrogen
The third day is fully focused on green hydrogen. Conventional and advanced production technologies (especially electrolysis) will be discussed. In addition, the key issues related to hydrogen handling and use (especially in transport sector) will be analysed.

Specific workshops will be organized to introduce the European international market of green hydrogen and some key industrial initiatives for industrial development and deployment of green hydrogen.

09:00-09:45 Green hydrogen production by water electrolysis Jesus Rodruguez Ruiz (Centro Nacional del Hidrogeno, Spain)
09:45-10:30 Hydrogen handling approaches and technologies Antonio Lucci (Rina Consulting, Italy)
10:30-11:15 Hydrogen islands Francesco Reda (VTT, Finland)
11:15-11:45 Coffee break  
11:45-12:30 Prospects of hydrogen as clean transport fuel Speaker to be confirmed
12:30-13:15 Sotacarbo advanced projects on green hydrogen and renewable fuels Alberto Pettinau (Sotacarbo, Italy)
13:15-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-16:00 School workshop #3

The European international program on green hydrogen: the case of Latin America

Speaker to be confirmed
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 School workshop #4

Producing PEM electrolysers: the IMI VIVO example

Alberto Pedrini (IMI Critical, Italy)


Thursday, 13th June
Decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors: hydrogen derived renewable fuels
Apart from its direct use, green hydrogen can be used as building block for the production of renewable fuels such as methanol, dimethyl ether, methane, sustainable aviation fuels, and so on. The fourth day is focused on approaches and technologies for the production of electricity-derived fuels (e-fuels) and their potential for the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors, such as heavy-duty transport (especially aviation and shipping).

The day ends with a touristic visit of the amazing Sulcis coast, followed by an informal pizza-based dinner.

09:00-09:45 Renewable fuels by means of electrochemical processes Manuel Alvarez Guerra (University of Cantabria, Spain)
09:45-10:30 Thermochemical processes for e-fuels and SAF Michele Mascia (University of Cagliari, Italy)
10:30-11:15 System modelling of power-to-fuels processes Preeti Aghalayam (Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India)
11:15-11:45 Coffee break  
11:45-12:30 The Prometheus Project Vittorio Tola (University of Cagliari, Italy)
12:30-13:15 Green fuels production: an industrial example Speaker to be confirmed
13:15-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-20:00 Excursion to the amazing Sulcis-Iglesiente coast
20:00-22:00 Informal pizza-based dinner


Friday, 14th June
Completing the cycle: carbon capture and storage
The fifth and last day will allow discussing on carbon capture and storage technologies and their related issues, such as economic and financial impact, public awareness, and so on. Considering the quick technology development in energy transition sector, participants will be also trained on the international legislation that regulates the management of intellectual property.

A final test will be arranged for students requiring the university credits (ECTS).

09:00-09:45 CO2 capture technologies for industrial decarbonization: overview and process modelling Manuele Gatti (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
09:45-11:15 An introduction to CO2 geological storage Sabina Bigi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and CO2GeoNet)

Roman Berenblyum (NORCE, Norway, and CO2GeoNet)

11:15-11:45 Coffee break  
11:45-12:30 Intellectual property management Alessandro Leganza (venice IP, Italy)
12:30-13:15 Potential impact of CO2 Geological storage Speaker to be confirmed
13:15-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:15 Final tests

For students requiring university credits (ECTS)

15:15-16:00 Closing ceremony




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