Italian universities and companies discuss hydrogen economy and climate change with TPU


On April 21, the I Verona Forum Outreach Session was held at the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) venue. Representatives of Russian and Italian public authorities and companies discussed areas and formats of cooperation. Within the Session program, Andrey Yakovlev, Acting Rector of TPU, met Pasquale Terracciano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic to the Russian Federation and Antonio Fallico, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa and President of the Association Conoscere Eurasia.

“Today, we held a very interesting meeting with Andrey Yakovlev, where we discussed opportunities of cooperation between Italy and Russia, including cooperation opportunities at a university level. After my visit, we will plan a trip of the research attache of the Embassy of Italy in Russia so that he will study on the spot all opportunities of research cooperation in the fields of studying climate change, in particular, in the Arctic, and of the hydrogen economy. These are fields, where I consider we can implement joint projects,” Pasquale Terracciano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic to the Russian Federation, said.

The Ambassador and the Acting Rector of TPU discussed opportunities for the participation of Italian universities and companies in the work of the Russian consortium for the development of hydrogen technologies, one of the founders of which is TPU. Pasquale Terracciano noted that a number of Italian companies operating in Russia could become industrial partners of the consortium.

“The world is facing global challenges related to environmental agenda, climate change and overall digitalization. TPU realizes and accepts these challenges. We see plainly that nobody can handle it alone, therefore, we are deeply interested in cooperation with strong partners. We are willing to cooperate in the projects on the study of greenhouse gas emissions in the Arctic, the hydrogen economy, low-tonnage chemistry, healthcare engineering and digitalization,” Andrey Yakovlev said at the meeting with the Ambassador.

“Particularly, we closely monitor the experience of the Italian colleagues on hydrogen technologies. Nowadays, six consortiums for the hydrogen economy operate in Italy. We are willing to cooperate at the level of individual organizations and consortiums in this field.”

In his turn, Antonio Fallico, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa, invited the TPU representatives at the meeting to present their projects and technologies on the venues of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in which large Italian companies will take part.

“TPU is well-known not only in Italy but in entire Europe. I have known for a long time about the solid relationships of TPU with Italian universities.

Being a bank, we do not pursue academic research, however, we cooperate with scientific centers in various fields. A separate structure was created by us 10 years ago to support research in a wide range of fields. These are nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, medicine, IT and the Internet of things. We have currently purchased a controlling interest in 37 startups. We provide financing for a number of projects both research and applied manufacturing. We would like to use this meeting at TPU to figure out how we can develop cooperation in education and science,” Antonio Fallico said.