Syngen is a company based in Piacenza, in northern Italy, which operates in the field of renewable energy and biomass recovery.

It looks for, tests and applies alternatives to biomasses disposal, by way of chemical treatment processes, aimed at recovering materials and energy.

It is part of a group of companies operating in the environmental sector and specifically in the recovery of sewage sludge produced by public branch companies, which have the task of managing the integrated urban water service, or by multi-utility companies.

In the past years, the need to identify alternative solutions to the use of sludge in agriculture led to investigate technologies for their energy conversion and for their improvement as fertility promoters. These needs led to the establishment of Syngen, which operated researches and experiments, acquiring the know-how that is successfully used today in its commercial solutions.


HERA (Holding Energy Resources Environment) is an Italian multi-utility. It operates in 265 municipalities in the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Modena, Padova, Pesaro and Urbino, Ravenna, Rimini and Trieste, in 6 municipalities of the Ancona province, in 3 municipalities of the Florence province, in one town of the Udine province, in one town of the of Venice province and in one municipality of the Gorizia province.

It provides energy (gas, electricity), water (water, drainage and purification) and environmental services (waste collection and disposal) to about 4 million citizens.

It is based in Bologna and is listed in the Midex segment of the Italian Stock Exchange.

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart School of Agriculture – Piacenza

Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Institute

The Institute is dedicated to chemical research applied to agriculture, specifically to fertilizers and pesticides, to the integrated study of all chemicals used in agriculture and to the protection of the soil-water-plants-air system from organic and inorganic xenobiotics accumulation, mobilization and absorption processes.
Soil Chemistry takes mainly care of fertilizers, inorganic pollutants and soil chemistry; Vegetal Chemistry takes care of pesticides and environmental modeling; the Cremona laboratory takes care of water, soil and sewage sludge chemical contamination. It is now directed by Marco Trevisan.


CRAST – Center for Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis

The CRAST is an inter-institute research center of the Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences Faculty which promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to the development and transfer of the principles of “Precision Agriculture”, that involves:

  • Earth productions (herbaceous and tree crops)
  • Zootechnical productions (milk, eggs, meat)
  • Transformation processes in accordance with sustainability principles.

From this perspective, CRAST also promotes the use of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing techniques in research activities concerning rural land management and planning and primary production sustainable development.

Specific care is devoted to the remote sensing and geo-spatial analysis of agro-ecosystems and processes affecting:

  • water saving
  • diseases and mineral deficiency conditions early diagnosis
  • soil protection
  • environmental contamination and food reduction