Geothermal: Innovation Comes from an Alliance between Business and Research

Published on Friday, 13 April 2018

“At the base of the challenge posed to researchers, technicians and start-uppers, there was a question: is there an alternate system to AMIS or an alternate sorbent to soda that can be used to reduce costs and obtain the same efficiency of geothermal fluids in emission?”

The most convincing and promising solution came from Luigia, who won challenge’s 15,000-euro prize.

Unity Makes for Innovation

Hearing about her challenge victory took Luigia by surprise. “My first reaction was disbelief because – as always happens to me – I wasn’t fully satisfied with my work. I had sent the proposal in twenty minutes before the deadline. But after the shock, I was very happy.”

“To create my proposal, I tried to understand every detail of plant operations and I read a lot about the topic; when I stopped reading, I focused on the problem, which stayed in my head for hours”

– Luigia Lona

Researcher, entrepreneur and scout for innovative solutions, Luigia has a degree in biological sciences with a specialisation in bimolecular sciences, and a doctorate from ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).

“In 2013, with two friends, I founded a company that finances research projects for the recovery of industrial waste and green chemistry methodologies”

– Luigia Lona

Luigia has linked research and entrepreneurship, joining two worlds together in harmony to bring about development, innovation and sustainability.