8th Annual International
Sotacarbo Summer School on low carbon energy technologies –

“renewable fuels towards carbon neutrality”

Carbonia, Sotacarbo Research Centre

June 10-14, 2024

Preliminary Programme

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General Programme

The Sotacarbo Summer 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
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.

Tuesday, 11th June
Biofuels and energy storage
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.

Wednesday, 12th June
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 workshop 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.

Thursday, 13th June
Hydrogen-derived 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.

Friday, 14th June
Market perspectives
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.

In conclusion, a visit of the Coal Mine Museum (adjacent to the School venue) will be offered.