Since his youth, Marcello Piccinni always demonstrated a strong interest for renewable energy projects, with the intention of starting his own plant in his home region of Puglia. In 2003, his dreams came closer to reality with the entry into force of a new regulation facilitating the production of renewable energy in Italy through the establishment of a single authorisation system for the construction of new renewable energy plants (Decree 387/2003, which implements EU Directive 2001/77/EC). With the new regulation in place, entrepreneurs planning to build their own plant only have to request one authorisation from the regional administration instead of multiple permits, shortening the administrative delay to start their project to only three months. The regulation gave a real boost to the sector in Italy, and pushed Marcello to realise his original dream.
Aware of the successful and proven operation of renewable energy plants using forest residues in Central and Northern Europe, he was convinced that olive tree forests in Puglia could provide a rich source of materials for the production of sustainable energy. Nonetheless, the high summer temperatures in the region had always been considered as a risk for the efficiency of such plants in Puglia. To find a suitable technical solution to this challenge and move from concept to reality, Marcello travelled across Europe during two years, from 2004 to 2006, to study existing renewable energy plants from the Austrian Tyrol to Bavaria in Germany. Inspired by these visits, he developed his own concept for the production of renewable energy based on the use of local virgin wood prunings. Between 2007 and 2008, he obtained private financing and administrative authorisation for the construction of his plant and created the company Fiusis S.R.L, which remained the sole administrator of the plant since then. Assisted by two experienced local engineers and two Italian technology providers, Fiusis finally kicked off the construction of its plant in 2009. The plant came into operation in November 2010 and is now fully profitable.