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, Adjunct Professor at the University of Florence for the Renewable Energies course (Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Environment and Territory), where he also teaches on the Master in Bioenergy and Environment ( IMES). In 2010 he was electro president of the Research Consortium and the Demonstration on Renewable Energies (RE-CORD), a non-profit research organization that runs a specialized chemical laboratory for renewables and biofuels.
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 is currently conducting his P.h.D. at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence. His research focuses on the conversion of lipids into biofuels and high value-added chemicals, to be used in the transport sector especially in countries with very cold climates, as well as in the automotive and cosmetics industry as lubricants. He is currently engaged in a research on the branching of fatty acids or their derivatives in order to improve the cold flow properties of the mentioned products. His field of interest also includes the modeling and simulation of chemical processes - Methane oxidative coupling (OCM) and biomethanation to name just a few and the use of powerful software, such as Aspen plus and ANSYS Fluent, widely used in the study areas mentioned.
Edoardo Miliotti, PhD, is an energy engineer specialized mainly in research activities related to the thermochemical conversion of biomass and other residual materials for the production of biofuels / bioproducts, both solid and liquid. In particular it deals with carbonization and hydrothermal liquefaction, pyrolysis and both physical and chemical activation processes for the production of activated carbon. He is currently working on the activities of the H2020 HEAT-TO-FUEL project, related to the hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass. He is also interested in measurements, instrumentation and programming, in particular using LabVIEW software.
Renato Nistri is Research Fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering at he University of Florence on behalf of CREAR (Interdepartmental Center for Research for Alternative and Renewables Energy). Its research activity is focused on the study of technologies for the production of second-generation biofuels, particularly ethanol, and in the study of technologies for the exploitation of biomass via thermochemical conversion, such as pyrolysis and gasification. His interest and experience in the field of renewable energy dates back to the year of university when he expressed a particular interest for the field of sustainable development and clean technologies.
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.
Silvia Pennazzi is a PhD in Physics and works at RE-CORD since. After completing the IMES master at CREAR, he gained extensive experience in the renewable energy sector working for various companies in Italy and abroad, covering both technical-commercial and market development roles. In RE-CORD he is responsible for the analytical laboratory of Pianvallico and supports the presidency in managing the consortium alongside the administrative team.
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.