Iuro is always interested in research and innovation not only in terms of guiding principles and drivers of development for the future, but also as a useful tool in the daily implementation of our traditional activities.

Everything can be improved: a process, a product, a material, a management methodology ... that is our idea.

This philosophy and this approach has led us to reach some goals of which we are particularly proud:
Design, construction and operation of the first plant to produce electricity and heat (CHP) fueled with biogas produced by dry anaerobic digestion of the organic fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).
Biogas plant In 2006, technical management of Iuro started designing the first plant in Italy for the production of electricity and heat (CHP) generated from the biogas produced by dry anaerobic digestion of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (MSW).

In 2007 the authorization process was therefore started, and in 2011 the plant came into operation .

The plant, located in the province of Naples, has a processing capacity of about 33,000 tons / year of waste derived exclusively from the differentiated collection operated by municipalities (for a total of around 300,000 inhabitants).

The biogas produced by anaerobic digestion (dry "batch" technology) feeds a group of co-generation power of 1 MWe which produces around 8,200 MWh / year of electricity, fed into the national grid, and all the heat used in the process (for heating the digesters and the subsequent composting step).

In addition to energy, the plant produces about 6,000 tons / year of organic compost (entered on the national fertilizer register), directly sold for use in agriculture or as basic components for the chemical industry.

This type of system is therefore the most virtuous management model that currently exists in the treatment of urban waste, allowing the production of energy and organic compost from waste.

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EnergyMed Award 2012 for the best building-integrated photovoltaic system with innovative features.
Photovoltaic plant In 2012 Iuro was awarded the prestigious EnergyMed prize in architecturally integrated photovoltaic systems with innovative features for having designed and built a photovoltaic plant with a total power of 90 kWe at the headquarters of Astaldi Spa located in Rome.

The plant consists of photovoltaic modules in thin film able to capture and transform energy into direct and diffused radiation. The modules are also frameless, in order to include design elements that enhance their aesthetics and promote their architectural integration.

The plant is also equipped with an innovative system of automatic washing for the panels through specific regimentation and treatment (electromagnetic filtration) of rainwater, which allows substantial savings on routine maintenance costs and greater energy output of modules.

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Design and construction of the first biogas plant in Italy powered exclusively by buffalo's manure livestock.
Biogas In 2014 Iuro studied, designed and produced, on behalf of a cattle farm located in the province of Caserta (Italy), the first cogeneration plant (combined production of electricity and heat) from the biogas produced exclusively by anaerobic digestion of buffalo's pumpable manure.

The system does not use any type of integrative biomass (e.g. agricultural waste or dedicated crops) and digestate is entirely used directly as fertilizer on agricultural land owned by the farm.

The realization of the system had no impact on the management system of the Customer , as the manure is moved into and out of the digester exclusively by means of pumps and underground piping managed remotely by a computer control system.

This system is therefore the best example of total and virtuous integration of a plant producing energy in a cattle farm, allowing the full exploitation of waste product without causing any management inconvenience.

In view of the great success of this initiative, Iuro is currently building many biogas plants based on the same technology in many other farms.

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Design and construction of a new production unit according to the principles of Green Building and LEED certification standards.
Green Building In 2015 Iuro has carried out a large green building industrial project.

Ferrarelle has chosen IURO as its partner in the design and construction of a new plant for the production of Organic Food with a Protected Designation of Origin and with “Masseria delle Sorgenti " trademark.

The new building was built in the grounds of Tenuta Ferrarelle in Sorgenti Park of Riardo in the province of Caserta, over 380 hectares of uncontaminated nature supported and enhanced by FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italian Enviromental Fund). The building was designed and built in accordance with the standards established by Leed certification (Leadership in energy and Environmental Design), which is the highest international standard that leads to the energy efficiency classification and to the ecological footprint of buildings promoted by the Green Building Council Italy of which IURO is a partner.

All the materials used for the construction of the building are 100% recyclable, and Iuro has favored the purchase of short-chain and zero kilometer building products: from the load-bearing structure made of laminated wood to the external perimeter walls made of Neapolitan yellow tuff and internally coated with local straw coming from “Tenuta Ferrarelle” itself. The construction of the plant has respected the criteria of sustainability, eco-compatibility and energy efficiency through the use of light chimney ( skylights) for natural lighting, the use of a photovoltaic system for self-production of electricity and use of a biomass plant for the production of heat.

This system thus represents an excellent example of complete and virtuous integration of an efficient production unit in natural and unspoiled surroundings.

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