The Sustainable Energy Cluster – managed by IPS – was established on 7 July 2011 and its 42 member companies and research centres also include the University of Genoa and the National Research Council.
The “Sustainable Energy” Research and Innovation Cluster was established to bring together Ligurian companies and research institutes for the purpose of exchanging knowledge and experience and developing research and innovation activities that focus on 1) the use of energy production plants that utilise renewable sources, 2) the reduction of the environmental impact of fossil fuel generation systems and 3) the efficient management of energy infrastructures. These activities, consistent with community and regional energy and environmental policies, are considered indispensable for the proper and sustainable development of the territory.
The project – developed in a joint effort by I.P.S., BIC Liguria, SPES and the Savona Campus of the University of Genoa – is the end result, on one hand, of the exchange of sustainable development objectives and priorities among all Cluster participants and, on the other, of the increasingly deep-rooted presence in the area of highly developed, energy-related expertise in the university and production contexts.
The “Sustainable Energy” Research and Innovation Cluster is located in Savona, and specifically at the University of Savona Campus and in the Ferrania Technology Park (Cairo Montenotte), sites with adequate spaces to host research infrastructures, test centres, dedicated instrumentation and calculation laboratories for the Cluster’s innovation activities. This location will make it possible to develop synergies with the initiatives currently in progress at the two structures. In fact, the Ministry of Education, University and Research recently financed the start-up at the University of Savona Campus of the “Energy 2020” Research Centre, promoted by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Genoa, while the Ferrania Technology Park was designated by the Liguria Region as a services, research and innovation structure and as a business incubator, in which major industries, SME as well as research and training institutes operate in the energy-environment sector.