NHEAT Project

The NHEAT project aims to stimulate and direct hydrogen research in Italy, which is still underdeveloped and poorly conceptualized. Our challenge is to investigate, using a multidisciplinary geological-structural, petrological and geochemical approach, the processes that generated natural H2 in promising Italian areas that could reveal the presence of H2 at depth or on the surface: serpentinite-dominated systems and volcanic/magmatic hydrothermal systems.

The NHEAT project is led by the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (IGG) of the National Research Council (CNR) in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering (IGAG-CNR), the Department of Earth Sciences of La Sapienza University of Rome and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Palermo section. 

Project Coordinator: Dr. Chiara Boschi, CNR-IGG (chiara.boschi@igg.cnr.it)

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STORECO2 Project

The STORECO2 project explores the natural mechanisms through which CO2 is converted into carbonate minerals, with a particular focus on the genesis of magnesite deposits. This research aims to establish a solid scientific foundation for the upscaling of CO2 mineral sequestration, considered essential to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Supported by the European Union as part of the Next Generation EU initiative and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (PNRR program), the project lays the groundwork in research for the decarbonization of society towards a more sustainable future. 

Project Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Rielli, CNR-IGG (andrea.rielli@igg.cnr.it)

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IRGIE Project

The IRGIE project (Inventory of the Geothermal Resources of the Aeolian Islands) is the result of a synergy between the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and the Sicilian Region. Its objective is to facilitate the sustainable energy autonomy of the islands of the Aeolian archipelago, with particular regard to geothermal energy. The purpose of the research is to investigate in detail the geothermal potential of the Aeolian Islands for the utilisation of the resource in the low, medium and high temperature range. 

The project is financed by the Department of Energy of the Sicilian Region - Department of Energy and Public Utilities.

Project Coordinator: Dr. Monia Procesi, INGV (monia.procesi@ingv.it) 

CNR scientific referee: Dr. Jacopo Cabassi, CNR-IGG (jacopo.cabassi@igg.cnr.it) 

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STONE Project

The STONE project (A new generation Spectroscopy Tool to monitor rheology and phase transformation prOcesses in volcaNology and cEramic production) is a PRIN Project 2022, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU. STONE project aims at: 1) implementing a new facility capable of monitoring, in near-real-time, the onset and the evolution of the high temperature crystallisation and the residual liquid matrix for multiphase silicate melts, representative of lava samples and ceramic bodies, also during measuring stages; and 2) measuring and modelling their rheological properties with varying thermal and deformation regimes.

Associated investigator CNR: Dr. Michele Dondi, CNR- ISSMC (michele.dondi@cnr.it) 

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The RESTORE project (REconstruct subsurface heterogeneities and quantify Sediment needs TO improve the REsilience of Venice saltmarshes) is a PRIN 2022 PNRR Project, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU. RESTORE project aims at providing innovative advances for the survival of lagoon morphologies of the Venice Lagoon (Italy) highlighting areas with reduced sediment availability that will require specific restoration planning in a medium- and long-term scale of interventions.

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Luigi Tosi, CNR-IGG (luigi.tosi@cnr.it) 

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The EUREECA project (PRIN2022Y4J7AN) is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. The overall aim of the project is to obtain a picture of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) occurrence, mobility and ecotoxicity in soils from urban, industrial, and mining areas, and their transfer, plants in particular. The REEs are a group of strategic elements for European Union but also are included in the list of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC).

Associated investigator CNR: Dr. Simone Vezzoni, CNR-IGG (simone.vezzoni@cnr.it) 

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WINTER-CZ (Winter Critical Zone dynamics in the High Arctic: measuring carbon fluxes and geo-biological processes at the Bayelva Critical Zone Observatory during winter) is a project funded by the Arctic Research Programme (PRA) INFRA 2021. It is aimed to upgrading the existing CNR research infrastructure for the measurement of CO2 fluxes from the tundra in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard. WINTER-CZ focuses on the measurement and modelling of CO2 emissions from the arctic soil through the snowpack during winter and how their dynamic is influenced by the environmental conditions.

Project Coordinator: Dr. Antonello Provenzale, CNR-IGG (antonello.provenzale@cnr.it) 

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Bilateral Project Italy – Argentina

The Bilateral Project Italy – Argentina is a bilateral agreement between Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). The objective of the project is to analyze the influence of marine and continental water exchanges on the shallow marine habitats of the Valdés Peninsula and the Venetian coastal system (Adriatic Sea). We propose an innovative study that considers an offshore-onshore hydrological continuum sensitive to global changes and subsequent hydrogeological alterations, such as sea level changes or the discharge of internal waters into the sea.

Italian coordinator: Dr. Sandra Donnici, CNR-IGG (sandra.donnici@cnr.it) 

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InGEO Project

The InGEO project is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, PNRR programme. InGEO responds to the need of increasing the share of energy produced from renewable sources, improving knowledge of geothermal resources and the energy they contain for various uses.

CNR scientific referee: Dr. Adele Manzella, CNR-IGG (adele.manzella@cnr.it)

Project Coordinator: Dr. Adele Manzella, CNR-IGG (adele.manzella@cnr.it)

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NatResPoNΔ Project

The NatResPoNΔ project is funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, PNRR programme. This research project aims to test the feasibility of nature-based solutions to increase the resilience of the Po River Delta - the main deltaic system in Italy and one of the most important worldwide - to relative sea-level rise, ultimately mitigating long-term flood and storm-surge risks and ensuring the sustainability of communities on the delta.

CNR scientific referee: Dr. Valentina M. Rossi, CNR-IGG (valentinamarzia.rossi(at)cnr.it)

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MIGRATE is a project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). MIGRATE is a multidisciplinary project articulated around the three distinct and yet complementary domains of geology, seismology and machine learning. The goal of MIGRATE is to streamline passive seismic exploration procedures by developing new analysis methods that remove human bias, have significantly increased reproducibility and reliability, while addressing relevant scientific questions. This will result in the development of an automatised end-to-end tool to prospect the upper crust and identify potential geothermal targets.

CNR scientific referee: Dr. Domenico Montanari, CNR-IGG (domenico.montanari@igg.cnr.it)

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Horizon Europe Programme (G.A. 101075400)

The GEOTHERM-FORA project is a European Project funded by the Horizon Europe Programme (G.A. 101075400), which aims at supporting and strengthening the fora on geothermal systems dealing with research and innovation. The Deep Geothermal Implementation Working Group (DG-IWG) and the Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) are working together and interlinked. Supporting both fora has the objective to strengthen the development of new geothermal technologies to uptake the market and reach our climate and energy objectives for 2030 and 2050, in a common agreement of the sector: Industry, Research, and Public authorities.

CNR scientific referee: Dr. Adele Manzella, CNR-IGG (adele.manzella@igg.cnr.it)

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DeepU Project

Horizon Europe EIC Pathfinder programme (G.A. 101046937)

DeepU (Deep U-tube heat exchanger breakthrough: combining laser and cryogenics gas for geothermal energy exploitation), has been funded under the EIC Pathfinder programme (G.A. 101046937) by the European Commission as part of Horizon Europe, which supports early-stage projects developing revolutionary, high-risk/high-gain technologies with the potential to create new markets and address global changes.

CNR scientific referee: Dr. Adele Manzella, CNR-IGG (adele.manzella@igg.cnr.it)

Website: https://www.deepu.eu 

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SECURE Project

Interreg Italy-Croatia - Program 2014-2020 - Call: Cluster

SeCure (Saltwater intrusion and climate change: monitoring, countermeasures and informed governance), which is allocated in the Cluster Adaptation to climate changes "governance and capacity building", is aimed to (i) maximize the main outcomes and the experiences developed in MAC IT-HR projects and the synergies between the projects to enhance visibility and transferability, and (ii) fully exploit and consolidate the results achieved so far to further increase the knowledge base on the saltwater contamination of the northern Adriatic coastlands in preparation for the next programming period, in particular Specific objective 2.4.

Contact at Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources – CNR: Dr Luigi Tosi (luigi.tosi@igg.cnr.it)

Website: https://www.italy-croatia.eu/web/secure

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ABRESO Project

ABRESO (ABandonment and REbound: SOcietal views on landscape- and land-use change and their impacts on water and soils) is a Belmont Forum project funded by the Department of Earth Sciences and Technologies for the Environment (DSTTA). The ABRESO project is collaborative project of research teams from France, Japan, Taiwan, U.S. and Italy with four CNR Institutes (IGG-Pisa, IRET, IIA, IRCrES) in collaboration with the University of Pavia. 

PI: Maddalena Pennisi, CNR-IGG (maddalena.pennisi@igg.cnr.it)

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ICEtoFLUX Project

ICEtoFLUX (HydrologIcal changes in ArctiC Environments and water-driven biogeochemical) is a project funded by the Arctic Research Program (PRA). ICEtoFLUX focus on hydrological processes occurring in arctic environment, as well as on their effects of physical, chemical and biological type.

PI: Marco Doveri (CNR-IGG, marco.doveri@igg.cnr.it

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LEAP-RE Project

LEAP-RE is Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, in response to the LC-SC3-JA-5-2020 H2020 call for proposal.

LEAP-RE seeks to create a long-term partnership of African and European stakeholders in the field of renewable energy. 

CNR Scientific Responsible: Eugenio Trumpy (CNR-IGG, eugenio.trumpy(at)igg.cnr.it

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