innovation for renovation
In line with its business activities, its mission and its leadership in the sector, Asja’s strategic aims include being at the leading edge of technology in power production from renewables (landfill- and anaerobic digestion-derived biogas, wind, photovoltaics, liquid biomass) and in climate-altering gas emissions reduction, as well as contributing to pushing specialty research to pursue the most interesting directions from the industrial and application standpoints.
This goal provides the foundation for the commitment and resources Asja constantly devotes to research and development both individually and jointly with private bodies and institutions.
Such a close two-way relationship between the company and the world of research serves a dual purpose: first of all, by closely following the most innovative developments of technologies already in use, Asja will more easily identify industrially applicable alternatives and/or incremental improvements with a view to further optimize performance technically and environmentally at its plants. Second of all, Asja does not want to neglect any business opportunity that may arise in connection with new products, technologies and patents potentially applicable on industrial scale.
Against this background, Asja keeps developing its fundamental partnership with the Politecnico di Torino, one of the most prestigious Italian research institute. The importance of this partnership lies not only in the operational quality that characterizes cooperation and its results, but also in the consequently strengthened link of the company with the geographical area where it was founded and where it works.
The Politecnico di Torino is implementing a new development model centered around its “Cittadella Politecnica”. This model is based on research, training, knowledge transfer and local services being simultaneously present in a structure that combines the traditional goals of university education with attracting to the Campus research labs and companies interested in cooperation, as well as promoting entrepreneurship in the fields of research and education (didactics). To achieve this, a call for proposals was launched by the Politecnico and published on the Financial Times to help identify potential partners with whom university partnership agreements targeting research, training and apprenticeship could be established. Based on such agreements, facilities at the “Cittadella del Poli”, located on the former Fucine OGR premises, will be made available to foster vicinity between parties to the agreement both in geographical and scientific-didactical terms.
Asja’s interest in participating in such agreements resulted in its project for cooperation on research, training and apprenticeship being chosen from the 85 submitted for the call for proposals, and being approved by the Politecnico for implementation on its new 4000 sqm “Business and Research Centre”.
The project model will be similar to that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, featuring university and industry campuses on the same premises. A similar initiative had already been launched by the Politecnico for General Motors, which set up its World Research Centre on diesel engines on the university premises.
Like Asja, other international companies will work at the Cittadella side by side with scientists of the Politecnico labs; to mention but one, Microsoft Corporation, the IT giant founded by Bill Gates.
Asja is currently working on a variety of research projects in cooperation with private companies, universities and research institutes throughout Italy: