Mario Rosato

Mario Alejandro Rosato

 CEO / R&D at Sustainable Technologies SL.

Professor of biogas technology.

4th place in the worldwide ranking of top solvers by in 2011.

Winner of 6 open innovation challenges.

Author of 3 books, 2 patents and endless papers and articles.


Mario Rosato holds a degree in electrical and electronics engineering – specialized in renewable energies and power electronics – and another degree in environmental engineering.

He has a strong technical and scientific background in thermodynamics, energy audits, rational use of energy, industrial and environmental chemistry,  fermentative processes, fluid mechanics, metrology  and laboratory techniques, bioclimatic architecture and waste treatment.

Mario has 12 years as general manager of small business units belonging to multinational groups, and 7 years as entrepreneur.

He reached the 4th place in the worldwide ranking of top open innovation problem solvers by in 2011 and has received several international awards from other bodies apart Innocentive.

He is the author of a book on biogas plant optimization and two books on wind turbine design, one patent on a biological  wastewater treatment process, another pending patent on anaerobic digestion and dozens of papers and articles published.

Mario is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Spanish association of scientific journalists and the European association of environmental engineers.  Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Portuguese.

He lives commuting between his home-office  in Barcelona (Spain) and his home-laboratory in Latisana (Italy).

Being a very curious and inquisitive mind, when he is not working he spends his time visiting museums, watching documentaries. Also researching  on any subject not directly related to his professional activity is always a joy for him. Cooking used to be another of his hobbies, and also he loves sailing but he doesn´t have a yacht. (yet!)

At one of my pre-interview questions: “Do you have a family, friends or are you a wild wolf?”, he said that Wild wolves are gregarious animals hunting in packs. He feels more similar to a big feline (his nickname Smilodon61 is not accidental!). Tigers hunt alone.

He is married without children, his parents and sister live in Argentina, and he has very few friends whom he really considers such (but hundreds of so-called friends on Linkedin and Facebook).

When it comes to films, music and books, Mario loves science fiction and classic cartoons, classic music  (specially from the  Baroque and early Classicism periods). He has 1,5 ton of books at home, most of them on science, engineering and some classic literature. (and I believe him!)

He says about himself that he is fairly good in science, but not as good in getting funding for his applied researches.

The problems he succesfully answered through open innovation are:

  • Rockefeller Foundation: Rain Harvesting in Kerala. He envisaged a rain water tank built with locally available materials, and studied in such a way that two women carry each part (less than 20 kg) and build it in two days or less.
  • The Economist: Tackling global climate change. His solution is based on a circular economy approach, starting form organic waste (sewage water and municipal solid waste) to produce biohydrogen, then biomethane, then cultivating bamboo, and finally sinking carbon in durable goods produced with bamboo.
  • Anonymous wafer company: How to eliminate charred residues from the cooking plates. His solution was just an application of what he does all time in his lab: heat the plate above 550ºC in air and carbon will self-ignite, leaving easily washable ashes.
  • Consumer Electronic Association: Recycling glass from cathodic ray tubes. His solution is a circular chemical process delivering lead oxide, unleaded glass and the same chemicals used to start.
  • Environmental Defense Fund: Capturing agricultural nitrates to avoid eutrophization. His solution was a combined agricultural method yielding at the same time traditional crops and bamboo biomass , to be employed either as fuel or paper pulp or as replacement of timber.
  • Anonymous wood board company: Method for sealing the gaps between construction boards. His solution won just a side prize because of its originality, but the Seeker said it was too complicated to industrialize.

When I asked Mario to give a title to his interview he answered: Open Innovation as seen by Mario A. Rosato. Let’s find out!