Thermo Group

Projects & Partners


Thermo Group has many long-standing collaborations with international research institutions such as the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), Georgia Institute of Technology (USA),  the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Duke University (USA), the University of Nottingham (UK) and the University of Southern Queensland (Australia).


Moreover, the group has collaborated in national and European projects with a number of enterprises, among which Hitachi Rail Italy, Frigel SPA, Whirlpool, Trenitalia, General Electric, Officine Galileo (now Leonardo Finmeccanica) and other national and local SME.



Academic Partners

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European Cofinanced Projects 

Title Year  Subject Partners Funding Related documents
Project  "ECONURSERY" 2018 Optimization of a greenhouse energy consumption with renewable energy sources

UNIFI DISPA, UNIFI DIEF, UNISA, UNIVT chilosi, etc... (see web link for full list)

5.712.000,00 € total

2.602.700,00 € public funding
 Project "HIGHCHEST" 2013 Optimization study for an innovative and eco friendly chiller for domestic food refrigeration Whirlpool, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, etc...

7.964.000.,00 Euro Total

4.792.000,00 Euro Private 

Project "Ref Trig 2" 2012 Experimental and optimization of a large-scale ejector chiller for industrial applications Frigel Spa

75.000,00 Euro Total


 Project "REF TRIG"  2010  Project, manufacturing and experimental activity on a large-scale ejector chiller for industrial applications   

 480.000,00 Euro Total





 2008  Develoment of a High Efficiency Solar Concentrator plant  INOA-CNR, INAF, Department of Astronomy and Space Science of Florence, IBIMET-CNR,  etc...  600.000,00 Euro website
Project "MODERNO" 2008 Development of an Innovative Energy Chain for Rural areas based on the use of biomass resources FCS, CNR - Ibimet, DIPSA, CAPSI, etc.. 1.500.000,00 Euro website
Project "REBUILD" 2000-2004 Refurbishment of the Leopoldine Monastry in Florence by the integrating renewable energy technologies into historic buildings to preserve cultural heritage in European cities Municipality of Florence, Techincal University of Athens, University College Dublin, etc... 1.500.000,00 Euro circa website



National Projects (PRIN)

Title Year  Partners Total Funding Related documents




507.000,00 Euro Prin portal

Fluidi naturali e cicli innovativi per la riduzione dell'impatto ambientale nelle applicazioni della refrigerazione e delle pompe di calore

(Natural Fluids in refrigeration and heat pump systems)

2004 UNIVPM, UNIPG, UNIPD, UNISANNIO 230.000,00 Euro Prin Portal

Riduzione dell'impatto ambientale dei cicli termodinamici inversi nelle applicazioni della refrigerazione e delle pompe di calore

(Reducing environmental impact in chillers and heat pumps)

2002  UNIVPM, UNIPG, UNIPD, UNISANNIO 228.000,00 Euro Prin Portal

Cicli termodinamici inversi per refrigerazione e pompe di calore: sviluppo di soluzioni a basso impatto ambientale

(Low environmental impact refrigeration and heat pump cycles)

2000  UNIVPM, UNIPG, UNIPD, UNICT, UNISANNIO 288.000,00 Euro Prin Portal




Reserch Contracts with large Companies and SMEs

Commissioner Year  Subject
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Ongoing

Experimental Analysis of Ejector Refrigeration Systems

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia Ongoing

ECO-Railways Project: Enhanced CO2 heat pump system for Railway Transports.

In collaboration with Hitachi Rail Italy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Frigel Firenze Spa ongoing Experimental development of a large scale industrial compression chiller with expansion loss recovery
Gea Wiegand 2016-2017 Computational simulation of supersonic steam ejectors
Ital Colven 2012-2015 Optimization of the coolin unit for the industrial vehicles and set up of measurement system
Mercafir From 2007 to 2011 Feasability study for a tri-generation plant
Selex Galileo 2011 Estimate of evaporation time for the pollutant expulsion in satellites for infrared measurements
General Electric - Nuovo Pignone 2007 Analysis and Characterization of the thermal and hydraulic behavior of the secondary cooling system of centrifugal CO2 compressors 
BeC Speakers 2005-2011 Development of a heat pipe refrigeration system for the cooling of large sound speakers for concerts and big events
Trenitalia 2008 Study on the emission and malfunctioning monitoring on Train Diesel engines
Trenitalia 2005 Development of an Innovative Hybrid Diesel/Electric engine for Train locomotion




Reserch Contracts with Public administrations

Commissioner Year  Subject
Region of Tuscany from 1992 to 1994 Regional Energy Plan
Municipality of Florence (Tuscany) From 1992 to 2007 Mapping of Energy Demand, Energy planning and management
Municipality of Livorno (Tuscany) From 2008 to present Analysis and project of energy plants design
Municipality of Prato (Tuscany) from 1994 to 1998 RECITE/REBUILD – Renewable energies for buildings in European cities with historical centres (website)
Municipality of Ponte Buggianese (Tuscany) From 2012 to 2015 Energy efficiency in public buildings


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