Hope Group (or Gruppo Hope) is a new company operating in the renewable energies sector, with its operational headquarters in Puglia.
Its main activity is the integration into the renewables industry of green hydrogen, which is held to play a key role in the penetration of renewable energy into the electricity market.

The current development pipeline has a total capacity of more than 5 GW, of which more than 4 GW is directly owned by the Hope Group and consists of both onshore and offshore wind and photovoltaic plants.

These two more traditional RES technologies are supplemented by the production of biofuels through anaerobic digestion processes made possible by the use of agricultural and animal by-products, an area in which the group can boast extensive experience.

The technologies

Our Aims

Green Hydrogen: an essential step for a sustainable world.

The climate emergency and the need, as a result of the dramatic geopolitical situation, for a diversification of energy sources demonstrate that a transition to renewable energy is practically unavoidable.

Hope Group is committed to producing energy from renewable sources and to integrating this with the production of (green) hydrogen as a means of making an effective contribution to the pursuit of the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030. As well as being widely available and offering flexibility of use, it is currently the form of energy with the lowest environmental impact and provides the best guarantee of a secure future for the next generations.

History

Different backgrounds, shared goals.

The Hope Group is a company that has already become the protagonist of a concrete change in the complex and debated area of the energy transition and was born from the urgency to build a better world for future generations. 

The company was generated by the partnership between Nelke Srl, Gardill Srl, Ilirm Srl, Engeo Srl, Basomaso Srl and Next Energy Srl, it boasts a solid experience in the sector, with a wide range of skills in the managerial, financial, technological, engineering, media and institutional fields. The ambitious goals, achieved in the very few years of activity, are the result of a fresh enthusiasm, assisted by a vast multidisciplinary experience.

Expertise & Skills

Gruppo Hope is a new multidisciplinary platform committed to the creation in Italy of new RES plants (Floating Offshore Wind, Onshore Wind, Solar Photovoltaic, Biogas and Biomethane) combined with facilities for the production of green hydrogen for various purposes: heavy transport (BRT, maritime, aeronautical, rail), other vehicles, fuel cells, input to the grid, and production of hydrogen derivatives (ammonia, ethanol).

Gruppo Hope is able to rely on the scientific and technological support of the Technical University of Bari and on collaboration with high-level national and European research centres, such as the  University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, which is considered one of the best in the field internationally.

THE GROUP’S MAIN FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

DEVELOPMENT

Origination of new initiatives for the production of RES plants combined with sites for the generation of hydrogen with green-field logic, from the preliminary design to the ready-to-build stage.

ENGINEERING

The multidisciplinary skills required for the management of initiatives in the development phase.

FINANCING

The multidisciplinary skills required for the structuring of funding and PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements).

ADVISORY

M&A operations, structured finance, technical services in the construction and operational phases, relations with organisations and authorities.

INSTITUTIONAL MATTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Handling of relations with the authorities and local communities in order to find optimum solutions and ensure participation in the acceptance of initiatives.

Values

SUSTAINABILITY

INNOVATION

DEVELOPMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY

LAND AND COMMUNITY

LISTENING

Green hydrogen technology, in which we are investing all our efforts, itself embodies our values.
First and foremost, it is about sustainability, since today this is the technology most compatible with our environment and our modern standards of life.

A lower impact on the environment and landscape is ensured by continuous intensive dialogue with the community.
No decision is taken without listening to those representing the interests of a land that we know intimately because it is ours too. Only in this way is it possible to identify the solution that works best for both sides and to establish good, enduring relations. Our projects always bring economic and social advantages and benefits to local communities.

Innovation is another of our distinguishing values, not only in the sense that hydrogen technology is extremely new but also with regard to the goals we set for ourselves: fully developing new models and schemes, experimenting with new combinations of expertise and new approaches to the use of this energy in the market.We aim to make Puglia, which is already the leader in Italy in terms of the number of renewable energy plants, into an energy hub in the hydrogen sector.

PARTNERS


MICHELE SCOPPIO

Graduate in electrical engineering, he completed his education by acquiring skills in problem solving, macro and microeconomics and creativity techniques.

Since he began his career in the renewable energy industry in 2003, he has developed transversal organisational, strategic and financial skills with a focus on wind and photovoltaic plants.

For more than a decade, he has held senior roles in the companies in which he has worked.

FABIO PACCAPELO

Graduate in civil engineering, after being a member of the task force of the Ministry of the Environment until 2004 to support the Objective 1 Regions in setting up ARPAs and Environmental Authorities, he embarked on a path that led him to manage the permitting, design and construction of infrastructure works. In his work, he has always sought a meeting point between the functionality of the work and its integration into the territory.

LUCIANO GAROFANO

18 years of experience in renewable energies; responsible for M&A and Finance for several listed companies, he has realised, financed or directly sold more than 2 billion of renewable energy assets.

SILVIO MASELLI

With more than 20 years of experience in the media and institutional sector, he was the founder of the Apulia Film Commission, one of the most important international DMOs (Destination Management Organisations) and has worked as a public administrator. He is also CEO of the production company Fidelio.

DANIELE BASILIO

Graduate of the National Film School, he realised about 60 audio-visual projects as producer or delegate producer and about 550 audio-visual projects as film commissioner.

He is the inventor of some of the most innovative public film funds in the audiovisual sector, as well as marketplaces and project incubators.

Partner and head of communication & corporate identity of Gruppo Hope, is also partner and creative director of the production company Fidelio.

DAVIDE GHINELLI

He has held project manager roles for the development of renewable plants from the preliminary to the operation and management phases especially related to biomass, with special reference to cogeneration and renewable sources

SEBANINO GIOTTA

Graduated in civil engineering in 1999, he was a member, until 2004, of the task force of the Ministry of the Environment to support the Objective 1 Regions in the establishment of ARPA and Environmental Authorities.

Subsequently, he embarked on a professional career aimed at permitting, design and construction of infrastructure works for a total value of several hundred million euros, in the field of integrated water service, land engineering, remediation of contaminated sites and renewable energy.

STAFF


Ing. Francesca Saccarola

Head of Onshore Wind plants
dott.ssa Luana Zanotti

Head of General Affairs
Arch. Gaetano Fornarelli

Head of Solar plants
Ing. Andrea Angelini

Head of RTN Connections and BESS
Arch. Andrea Giuffrida

Head of Offshore Wind plants
dott.ssa Marika Balice

Executive Assistant
Antonello Gurrado

Graphic Designer
Ing. Giulia Montrone

Junior Project Engineer
Elisabetta Mangiacapra 

Junior Accountant
Ing. Laura Giordano

Senior Project Engineer
dott.ssa Anastasia Agnoli

Environmental Analyst
dott.ssa Valeria Montano

Digital Content Creator
geom. Rosa Contini

Senior Technical Specialist
dott.ssa Giulia Lucia

Environmental Analyst
dr. Pietro Paolo Lopetuso

Junior Electrical Engineer
ing. Michea Napoli

Senior Project Engineer
 ing. Giulio Trimigliozzi

Project Engineer
dott.ssa Chiara Latino

Junior Environmental Analyst
ing. Niccolò Biondi

Geotechnical Engineer

Media

THE HOPE GROUP IS CURRENTLY AFFILIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING ASSOCIATIONS:


Agrivoltaico sostenibile
AssoAero
Confindustria

Faq

Certain methods of hydrogen production can cause pollution. The business model that Hope has adopted involves the production of “green” hydrogen through electrolysis carried out with energy generated from renewable sources.

Hydrogen is colourless but, in specialist jargon, colours are attributed to it to distinguish the methods used for extraction and their environmental impact.

Grey hydrogen is produced from fossil energy sources through so-called steam reforming. The hydrogen is obtained from natural gas or from the gasification of coal via a process of thermochemical conversion that also produces CO₂. This method is the most harmful for the environment.

Blue hydrogen is obtained using a process in some ways similar to that used for grey hydrogen: it is extracted from fossil sources through pyrolysis. This method too produces CO₂  but in this case it is captured and stored underground or used as a raw material in conversion processes. It is a more environmentally friendly process thanks to the absence of climate-damaging emissions.

Green hydrogen is produced by a process called high-temperature electrolysis: the water molecules (H₂O) receive energy produced from renewable sources (such as photovoltaics or wind), the bonds are broken and the result is hydrogen and oxygen. It is worth noting that the bases for the process of electrolysis are to be found in the battery that Alessandro Volta invented in 1779. The hydrogen and oxygen present in water were first separated by the scientists Nicholson and Carlisle.

Hydrogen for powering locomotion is already a reality. In the rail, tram and bus sectors, there are vehicles equipped with fuel cell systems that, through a process of reverse electrolysis, recombine hydrogen and oxygen, thus generating energy to power an electric motor and producing water vapour as a by-product. In the automobile sector, in addition to fuel cell technology, Toyota already has a hydrogen internal combustion engine.

Hydrogen is a highly flammable gas which requires only a miniscule amount of energy to ignite, and so, to ensure safety, there are strict precautions for its use.

Water is certainly a precious asset, especially in certain parts of the world and in certain economies, so it is imperative to seek out circular models that, for example, reuse waste water that would otherwise be disposed of in the sea. Rapid technological progress means that it will soon be possible to make direct use of sea water.

The impact depends on the technology used for building the foundations. The least impactful option is that involving the use of floating foundations anchored to the seabed with mooring systems, which results in almost no effect on plants and algae; in addition, studies show an absence of negative impacts on cetaceans.

The parts of the sea occupied by wind turbine installations are off-limits to sea traffic but the layouts of wind farms are designed with corridors to allow the passage of vessels.

The parts of the sea occupied by wind turbine installations are off-limits for fishing; this automatically triggers a process of rewilding of the seas, increasing fish stocks near to the coasts and thus providing a benefit to fishing communities.

The impact on seabeds, particularly of floating installations, is wholly negligible.

Over 90% of all the materials are reclaimed and recycled.

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