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Established in 1995, Asja has exponentially grown developing all the skills it needed to successfully tackle the challenges of renewable power production and management, devising and implementing the most advanced technological and financial solutions in full compliance with national and international standards.
Asja has set no boundaries in its activities; indeed, it aims to be a player on the National and the International stage. Asja started with designing, building and managing power plants turning the biogas obtained from the fermentation of the urban solid waste organic fraction at landfills into a source of energy. In the performance of all its activities, the company has always paid utmost attention to ensuring environmental compatibility in the design stage, impact mitigation during implementation, and proper environmental management during plant operation. Asja’s first biogas plants were commissioned in 1996 at Vallescura and Osio Sotto, Italy.
In 1999 Asja changed its corporate structure becoming an S.p.A, the Italian Joint Stock Company.
In 2001, through technical cooperation with a Finnish company, Asja built two plants for landfill leachate treatment through vacuum evaporation. Again in 2001, Asja built a plant for biogas capture and torch flaring at the Urban solid waste landfill of Tripoli, Lebanon.
With the help of specialized professionals, in 2000 and 2001 the company carried out important studies on waste gasification – with two international patents registered- and on biomass-to-energy processes. Lastly, in 2001 Asja started developing its wind sector setting up a structure specifically devoted to designing, building and managing windfarms throughout the national territory.
In 2005 Asja’s technical and sales offices moved to new headquarters in Rivoli (Torino). Also, 2005 marked the beginning of activities in the photovoltaic sector. Asja’s very first photovoltaic system- made of a photovoltaic sunbreaker and panel structure - was indeed commissioned in that same year.
2005 and 2006 were dedicated to expansion abroad: three new Asja branches were built in Argentina, Brazil and China to closely follow the development of plants built there for reducing greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol (which had entered into force on the 16 th of February 2005).
During the following year, expansion towards foreign markets targeted Albania, with Asja Albania srl - specializing in the wind and hydropower sector - being established.
In 2008, Asja was chosen by the Politecnico di Torino to cooperate with top researchers at the prestigious Business Research Center (BRC), a place for scientific sharing and development, to keep searching for new, top level environmental solutions. Facilities have been made available to Asja at the BRC, where staff devoted exclusively to research cooperates with the Politecnico with the aim of developing innovative renewable power generation and climate-altering emissions reduction technologies.
Based on the experience gained in the biogas-to-energy sector, in 2009 Asja established ASJA Agricole, a company dealing with agriculture-related activities whose mission is producing green power from biomass using farming manure, energy crops and by-products of the agricultural and food sector.
Thanks to a dedicated workteam in 2010 Asja commissioned the first cogeneration plant fuelled with vegetable oils, set up in Rivoli right beside the company’s headquarters, as well as six new PV plants. The company was granted the Good Energy Award, an important prize established by the Studio Bernoni Professionisti Associati to be awarded to companies operating in the green energy field. The jury chose Asja for its advancements and contributions to innovation in the renewable energy sector thanks to the research activities it carries out jointly with major universities.
2011 for Asja was focused on consolidation. However, the year was not lacking in new substantial novelties such as the 10 PV plants it designed and commissioned, or the agreement signed with Sei Energia for connection to the teleheating grid of its vegetable oil cogeneration plant located in Rivoli, Torino, near the company’s headquarters. Based on the agreement, Asja will sell heat during the summer months to the Municipality of Rivoli, to warm up water in local households.
In May 2011 Asja’s group founder and president was appointed chairman of APER- the association of renewable energy producers, gathering and representing renewable energy producers with the aim of safeguarding their rights and promote their interests both nationally and internationally.
Also, a biogas to-energy plant was inaugurated: built on the largest urban solid waste landfill in Belo Horizonte, it ranks third in importance and capacity amongst Brazilian plants.
International events also included the awarding of Capital Elite-Green China to Asja for the second time. The award is assigned under the China Award, a contest for Italian and Chinese companies that stand out for their ability to establish relations between the two countries.