After an inquisitive childhood in Italy, he took a PhD in a somewhat obscure facet of chemistry, later moving to Berkeley in California before returning to take a position in Florence University. He investigated high temperature metallurgy with reference to jet engines, before falling on a book explaining Peak Oil. It made a big impact, as he was able to relate depletion to chemical processes, and he began to see that the pattern applied to other facets of the modern world, including even the fishing industry. In 2003, he decided to form a branch of ASPO in Italy, organising a major conference.
If we work hard enough, we will be able to have renewable energy in abundance, although not necessarily for our generation.