Mario A. Rosato is electric-electronic and environmental engineer, as well as scientific journalist. He built his first home-sized digester in Argentina, when he was aged 16. Son of a University professor and researcher, since his childhood he learnt to employ sophisticated instruments in his favorite playground: his father’s lab. At the age of 25 he obtained a scholarship to specialize in renewable energies in Italy. At 28 he chose to leave the academic research world and devoted to the development of industrial solutions. In 1990 he settled in Italy, in 2000 he moved to Spain.  In 2004 he became partner and scientific director of Bioenergia Aragonesa SL. In 2006 he patented the AFADS system, a multitrophic bioreactor for wastewater treatment. In 2009 he founded Sustainable Technologies SL in Barcelona. From 2010 he expanded his company’s activity to Italy, where he became professor in several private professional institutes. Since then he has trained more than hundred biogas plant managers in Italy and Spain. He installed a laboratory for applied research and routine anaerobic digestion tests in the Technologic Park of Pordenone in 2011. The same year he won The Economist’s award to the best entrepreneur idea to tackle the global climate change, based on the production of biohydrogen and the cultivation of bamboo in a circular economy cycle.  Some months later, he received the Green Vision Award from the Modus Vivendi magazine in Rome. His industrial solutions, based on original applied research, place him 4th in the worldwide Top Solvers list of Innocentive.com’s. In 2012, during the research project H2Ocean, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program, he develops a novel type of digester for marine biomass, specially conceived for offshore operation. In 2013 he won two international awards for the conceptual design of a domestic garbage digester, meant for low-income Indian families.  Since 2014 he is in charge of the column on bioenergy for agronotizie.it, a specialized e-zine for agronomists and farming professionals. In 2015 he was member of the technical commission in charge of redacting the Italian norm on the biochemical methane potential (BMP) test protocol, being his contribution focused on the error propagation analysis and improving both accuracy and precision.
Education
electric and electronic engineer, University of La Plata
Environmental Engineer, Tech. University of La Plata
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Anaerobic Digestion (biogas / biomethane)
Dark fermentation (biohydrogen)
Liquid biofuels
Solid biomass
Metrology and lab instruments
Design of small wind turbines
Low cost sustainable technologies for developing countries
Technical thermodynamics and rational use of energy
Personal Interests
Yatching and sustainable marine propulsion
Science divulgation in general
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