Sustainable South Tyrol – renewable energies and energy efficiency

South Tyrol has a deep awareness for the value and protection of the environment. And here high-tech solutions in the fields of renewable energies and energy efficiency get developed: laboratories and climatic chambers carry out stress tests of systems and materials, in particular of photovoltaic modules, multifunctional facades, sustainable heating and cooling systems, and the largest e-mobility fleet in Italy. The Institute for Renewable Energy of Eurac Research stands out at European level for its open-air laboratories and their validation of software simulations on photovoltaic modules and building behaviour, for the energy planning of the territory based on resources, costs, transport and demand; and it is a leader in the study of low-temperature district heating systems. Furthermore, researchers from the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, several companies and start-ups are focusing their work on recycling management, using a wide range of technologies from wood gasification to the recycling of residual waste.