And in this future, the former Foundries in Modena are today at the core of an important redevelopment project that aims at implementing an enormous “innovation hub”, where electric motors will play a central role. Giovanni Franceschini, professor at the Engineering Faculty and already Dean of Unimore Engineering School, has explained the topicality of this area standing out for its great potentialities. «As president of the technical-scientific Committee of Democenter, my missions include seizing the technological challenge represented by the green mobility. So, the National Centre for the sustainable mobility, financed with NRRP resources, was born. Modena is involved in three specific ambits: the first concerns connectivity and autonomous-drive cars, of which Modena is national coordinator, the other two are linked with innovative propulsion, biofuels, hydrogen, fuel cells and electric traction: batteries, inverters and electric motors. The NRRP funds the purchase of equipment to create laboratories and to provide development systems. The idea is to succeed in making a part of the former Foundries a place where implementing these innovative laboratories for the sustainable mobility».
These spaces with academic propensity would represent an excellent opportunity for start-ups and spin offs. Moreover, the whole tertiary training might be moved here. With Democenter, for instance, we have recently started a master dedicated to companies’ employees with “more classic” mechanical education who need to learn how to operate in the new more electric world.