TEON is a new company that develops, produces and markets innovative solutions for ‘renewable’ heating and cooling of buildings and, more generally, of large volumes. It was born from the experience of a multi-year applied research project conducted in the “Area Science Park” of Trieste, which led to the industrialisation of a family of products in the sustainable energy field whose performance, never achieved before, is the result of scientific and technological solutions protected by national and international patents.
If we want to design a path to sustainability, we need to ask ourselves how to build it and when. TEON is interested in participating in the collective project of a different future, one that moves towards environmental and institutional education and, more importantly, research and innovation.
TEON industrial project was born and developed around the idea that innovation and sustainability are the basis for starting a ‘green’ revolution in a sector which is still largely anchored to an obsolete production model: the heating.
The signing of the Kyoto Protocol triggered a profound transformation in the way electricity is produced. Today, 40% of electricity is generated from renewable sources in Italy, even more in other countries, in particular from photovoltaic and wind power plants, also through the implementation of a new model of distributed generation. The (incentivised) widespread introduction of electric and biofuel vehicles – with the outpouring of huge investments in R&D by traditional OEMs, but also with the entry of new players unrelated to the old automotive sector – is opening up our cities to progressively sustainable mobility.
In the heating sector, on the other hand, we have seen no noteworthy developments: the penetration of renewable energy sources is only 19% of final gross consumption in Italy, 90% of which is biomass; other (few) countries may be in a better situation. No wonder then if we note that heating is by far the main source of pollution in our urban areas, both in terms of PM10 and CO2.
Why have we reached this point? The reason must be found on the one hand in the age of Italian buildings and on the other hand in the poor (or late) deployment of appropriate solutions for the production of thermal energy.
In Italy, for example, buildings are equipped with traditional radiator systems in 9 out of 10 cases; 1 out of 2 buildings is more than 40 years old; 1 out of 4 is in ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor state of preservation‘; 1 out of 10 can be classified as ‘of historical interest‘.
The technology used in traditional heat pumps makes them efficient only with ‘low temperature’ heating systems, unless costly and invasive plant renovation works are carried out. This is why 90 per cent of Italian buildings are still served by fossil fuel boilers.
The question then is: are we doomed to burn oxygen with fossil fuels or biomass – thus endangering our health and polluting our cities – to heat ourselves? Of course not.
TEON’s answer is based on a research path that has led to the industrialisation of a family of innovative sustainable solutions, whose performance is the result of technological configurations (‘Water Blaze’) protected by national and international patents.