The RE-CORD team is a highly specialized crew of PhD, Post Doc and Master Degrees on several subjects who work side by side in an extremely interdisciplinary approach, key to successful research and demonstration in a wide and complex field like bioenergy and bioeconomy.
The RE-CORD team covers the following main competencies areas:
The consortium is managed and represented by the President, directly designated by the Assembly. The organisation is structured into departments:
David Chiaramonti is Mechanical Engineer, PhD in Energetics, Full Professor at the Polytechni of Turin, "Galileo Ferraris" Energy Departmet (DENERG). He was adjunct Professor at the University of Florence for the Renewable Energies course (Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Environment and Territory), and the Master course in Bioenergy and Environment ( IMES). In 2010 he was elected president of the Research Consortium and the Demonstration on Renewable Energies (RE-CORD). He is member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of SPRING (the Italian National Cluster on Bioeconomy), scientific coordinator of the DG Energy ART Fuel Forum (the EU industrial platform on Advanced Bio- and Low Carbon Fuels), Italian member of the ICAO Fuel Transport Group (nominated by ENAC) on Sustainable Aviation Fuels, and participates to several others International and National organisations.
Stefano holds a Master’s Degree in Forestry Science (summa cum laude) at University of Florence, a Ph.D. in Plant Production Science (curriculum in Plant Pathology) at University of Pisa. Stefano has a twenty years experience in consulting and planning activities also in International and large projects. He is experienced in Rural Development, EU-Funded Projects, Sustainable Forest Managment, Environmental matters and Landscape. He is General Manager at Local Action Group Start srl and since November 2019 CEO of Consortium Re-Cord.
Andrea holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, a MEng (with honors) in Energy Engineering and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florence. As Technical Director, in RE-CORD he supervises the acquisition, deployment, execution of the Consortium’s activities, technical initiatives and projects. Andrea has 10+ years experience in EU-funded research and development projects on pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), advanced lignocellulosic biofuels, and regional/national research projects in his field of expertise. Registered Professional Engineer since 2013 with experience in HVAC systems and components.
Salvatore Carvelli, first level degree in "Administration, Economics and Business Law" and Master's Degree in "Professional Business Consultancy" at the University of Pisa. Recent experiences and studies include knowledge in corporate law, tax law, insolvency procedures, business analysis, financial statements, financial statements, accounting, business strategy and strategic planning. Work experience in professional offices and in companies in the world of food (MACOLIVE TRADING SPA) and luxury (Prada). Currently collaborator of the RE-CORD consortium and of the research projects “Advanced sustainable biofuels for aviation” and “Master program on bio-based circular economy: from fields to bioenergy, biofuel and bioproducts in China”.
Marco is accounting administrative manager. He graduated in Professional Business Consulting at the University of Pisa. After the master degree, he started a professional traineeship in a Chartered Accounting Firm. In July 2019 he began the collaboration with RE-CORD managing employees’ salaries and contracts, supervising budgets data for National and International projects where RE-CORD is involved as coordinator or partner.
Tommaso Barsali, graduated in Tropical Agronomy, is a Project Manager and Biomass Specialist for Re-Cord since 2018, where he manages the BIO4A project and supervises the agronomic research involving biochar. A former R&D specialist for the lignocellulosic biofuel industry, he collaborates in agronomic research for biofuels projects, in international cooperation and rural development.
Marco Buffi is specialized in thermochemical conversion of biomass into biofuels and bioproducts, and combustion. He is also an expert in renewable aviation fuels. He mainly deals with plant design and experimental activities related to the research and commercial activities of the group. He currently holds the role of project manager of the H2020 BECOOL project and collaborates on other active projects. Over the years he has gained considerable experience in experimental activities on subjects of interest, as demonstrated in his publications. His areas of interest also concern CHP, microalgae and the vegetable / exhausted oil supply chain.
Dr. David Casini is an environmental engineer with a particular focus on the exploitation of biomass for energy purposes, completing the IMES master in bioenergy and environment. Among others, he has participated in numerous national and international projects on topics related to microalgae, the thermochemical conversion of biomass, anaerobic digestion and the development of biofuels for aviation. His main research areas are technologies related to the production of microalgal biomass and the design of related implants, the use and characterization of biochar as an innovative product. Regarding the issue of microalgae David Casini has been involved in projects for many years with the aim of designing innovative production plants, reducing the energy consumption of traditional systems and applying these innovations to large-scale plants. Autotrophy plants have been designed, of about 1 ha in size (hybrid systems with raceway ponds), whose energy balance has also been made. The main projects that include the activities mentioned above are: Alternative fuels for civil aviation (ENAC - Italy), BIOFAT Project (EU-FP7): BIOfuels From Algae Technologies, Microalgae for Bioenergy (Consortium AlgaeFuels - Chile), Project MAMBO ( Assocostieri - Italy): Microalgae as a raw material for bio-oil.
Stefano Clari is a mechanical design designer and has worked at RE-CORD since 2018. He has a long experience with various companies in the engineering sector both as a mechanical designer and as a production manager. In 2016 he graduated in Industrial Engineering in the energy sector. He is currently involved in the mechanical design and industrialization of pilot plants for the thermochemical conversion of biomass.
Stefano Dell’Orco, MS, is a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at the University of Florence. His research activity focuses mainly on the thermochemical conversion of biomass, specifically combustion, pyrolysis and gasification. He is currently working with RE-CORD on the study and experimentation of the hydrothermal liquefaction process of lignocellulosic biomass for the European research project H2020 Heat to Fuel. Furthermore, he is also studying the fractional condensation process of pyrolysis vapors in a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado, USA. In 2014, Stefano graduated in Mechanical Engineering by collaborating with RE-CORD on the experimentation of the vegetable oil pyrolysis process, within the ITAKA project. In 2015, he carried out a research internship in Canada at the Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol and Biocommodities of the Université de Sherbrooke, working on a project on the catalytic conversion of residues from the gasification process. In July 2017, Stefano completed his Master's Degree in Energy Engineering at the University of Florence where he subsequently obtained the position of PhD student.
Ramin Maghrebi is a chemical engineer and currently is doing his Ph.D. in industrial engineering at University of Florence. His field of research is focused on the conversion of lipids to biofuels as well as value-added chemicals. The converted materials could be used either in transport sector for countries with cold climates or in automotive and cosmetics industry as lubricants. To achieve that, there are some ongoing projects. First project is branching the fatty acids or derivatives thereof in order to improve the cold flow properties of the mentioned products when they are going to be used as biofuels. The other is a European project called Bio4A whose aim is to produce renewable hydrocarbons for aviation fuel from renewable feedstocks by catalytic and non-catalytic thermochemical processes. Ramin’s field of interest includes also, modeling and simulation of chemical processes, methane oxidative coupling (OCM) and biomethanation to name but a few as well as utilization of powerful softwares, such as Aspen plus and ANSYS Fluent widely used for the mentioned areas.
Edoardo Miliotti, PhD, is an energy engineer whose research activity focuses mainly on thermochemical conversion of biomass and other residual feedstock for biofuel/bioproduct production, both solid and liquid. He is particularly interested in hydrothermal carbonization/liquefaction, pyrolysis and physical and chemical activation for activated carbon production. He is currently dedicated to the activities of the H2020 project HEAT-TO-FUEL, regarding hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass and he is the project manager of Prodotti bioattivi da alghe infestanti, an Italian project on the management and valorisation of infesting macroalgae. He is also interested in measurement, instrumentation and LabVIEW programming.
In 2019 Edoardo won FABER 2.0 call, a project promoted by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze in collaboration with Confindustria Firenze and the Research & Innovation Foundation of the University of Florence to promote technology transfer in small and medium-sized enterprises.
Renato Nistri is actually working as R&D Manager and Consultant. His interest and his experience on renewable energies are accrued during the study of specialistic courses in Energy Engineering at the University of Florence where a particular interest on sustainable social and economic development has occurred. The first practical experience was approached with the development of the specialistic graduation thesis about the production and sustainability of the biodiesel in the light of the GHG emission values indicated by the RED Directive (2009). Carrying out this work he got familiarity with LCA analysis and with the study of bioenergy supply chain. Due to the strong interest on biofuels he took part to important projects funded by National and European entities. His experience and skills allows him to approach and set the studies with a global and critical approach.
Giacomo Talluri is a mechanical engineer; his research interests mainly concern the development of innovative systems for the integration of generation from renewable sources into the electrical system. Within this framework he has carried out research on possible implementations of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and has been involved in the analysis of the current regulatory system of support to renewable sources and bioenergy. He has participated in regional projects for the activation of technology transfer processes in the biomass and bioenergy sector. He currently works on the ART Fuel Forum project, a European platform for the policy proposal to support the development of alternative and advanced biofuels market.
Giacomo Lombardi holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Florence. He's been part of the design group of an autothermal pyrolysis PDU for lignocellulosic biomass (SPIRO), and joined the project team for the design, testing and analysis of experimental data of the demo plant for biomass carbonization.
After graduating in Industrial Engineering, he was project manager for EUBIA (European Biomass Industry Association), from 2012 to 2017. During these years he coordinated the international research projects development, focused on the exploitation and upgrade of residual biomass into bioproducts and biofuels. From 2013 to 2016 he was also coordinator of the NEWAPP project, funded by the European Commission FP7 programme. In 2015 he graduated in Energy and Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florence. From 2017 to 2019 he worked at INGELIA, firstly covering the role of Business Development Engineer at the Valencia headquarters, then the role of R&D Manager at the associated INGELIA Italy. In September 2019 he officially joined the Re-Cord team as a R&D engineer. His research activity is focused on residual biomass thermo-chemical treatment technologies for the extraction of critical raw materials, bioenergy and biofuels.
Silvia Pennazzi is a Ph.D. in Physics and has been working in RE-CORD since 2016. She attended the master IMES organized by CREAR (Interdepartmental Research Center for Alternative and Renewable Energy) and University of Florence. After that she has worked for many years in the field of Renewable Energies and Green Economy. She worked in several companies, both in Italy and abroad, in technical, commercial and business development areas. In RE-CORD she is the analytical laboratory manager. She is also part of the consortium commercial area and responsible for communication.
Lorenzo Bettucci, graduated in Chemistry, works at the RE-CORD Laboratory in Scarperia as a laboratory specialist dealing with the execution of chemical analyzes, the development of analytical methods, as well as the management of laboratory instruments and chemical resources. With decades of experience working in chemical laboratories, he deals with analyzes in the field of renewable energy (biomass, biofuels) and in the field of industrial chemistry (chemicals, catalysts, polymers).
Giulia Lotti is a biotechnologist employed at the RE-CORD Laboratory where she performs characterization analyzes of biomass and biofuels. The research fields that mainly concern her are the analysis of complex mixtures using chromatographic techniques (GC-MS / FID; HPLC) and the growth of microorganisms in bioreactor for the production of specific chemicals production. Graduated in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Perugia. His specialized thesis activity concerned the production of bioethanol from wood chips through steam explosion and a study of optimization of yields through the microbial treatment of waste liquids
Leonardo Nibbi, currently Research Fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence on behalf of the CREAR (Interdepartmental Research Center for Alternative and Renewable Energy). His experience in the field of renewables, started in 1999 and initially dedicated to biomass energy supply chain logistics with particular attention to the use of the GIS tool for its correct planning, has extended over the years to all the problems related to biomass ( estimation of productivity, conversion technologies, sustainability etc.) and also to micro / mini wind (evaluation of wind power and micro farm wind farms).
Luca Rosi is Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry “Ugo Schiff” of the University of Florence and Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, of Western University (London Ontario, CA). The scientific activity of Luca Rosi was initially focalized on the studies in the field of the "homogenous catalysis" being interested in particular to the reactivity of complexes of metals of VIII the group (Ru, Co, Pd). Nowadays the attention has been mainly focused on pyrolytic processes adopting microwaves for the treatment of End-Of-Life polymeric parts (e.g. tires, post-consumer plastics, plastic solid waste, shredded mix, WEEE) and/or biomass (waste) in useful products or fuels (Value). Great attention has been paid to bio oil and char from pyrolysis.
Francesco Berti is a Chemical Engineer and worked as Manager of the Distributed Energy Generation for international Utilities and Energy Service Providers. He founded and managed energy and environment consulting Companies developing projects for renewable energy production, energy efficiency and waste to energy conversion. He is expert in advanced thermal conversion and innovative technologies, and in business development for biomass and wastes management and recycling.