Innovation and technology at the former Gasometer complex in Ostiense

Between history and future

The former Gasometer in Rome is located in the Ostiense neighbourhood and is a symbol of urban industrial archaeology. Today, the area around the "iron giant" is being converted into an innovation and sustainability hub.

Eni is carrying out a major rehabilitation of the industrial areas and reclamation works at the site, with the aim of building its largest Technological Innovation District in Rome: ROAD - Rome Advanced District, an open entrepreneurial ecosystem capable of attracting public and private players, a place of creative experimentation for solutions related to the energy transition.
The area already hosts the Eni 2050 Lab, a permanent exhibition venue for Eni's projects and technologies, Joule, Eni School of Entrepreneurship, and the start-up accelerator "ZERO - The Clean Tech Accelerator". 

ROAD - Rome Advanced District: the road to the future

The ROAD - Rome Advanced District project is an open-air laboratory, an ecosystem dedicated to the energy transition that hosts start-ups and innovative projects. It is an area for innovation to develop, experiment and implement technological projects applied to non-emissive energy. ROAD aims to build a space for sustainable innovation in the capital of Italy, an open entrepreneurial ecosystem which is capable of attracting public and private actors into the supply chain, a reference point for events and educational activities and a place to try out all things creative.


A vision based on concrete solutions

From decarbonization technologies to the circular economy, from agritech to sustainable mobility and smart cities.

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The Eni 2050 Lab: the new technology research hub

The complex, more precisely one of the twin buildings that were once used to produce and purify water gas, houses the Eni 2050 Lab, a true technology hub dedicated to the innovative projects and technologies Eni is developing in its research centres. It is a multi-functional space that also houses an open laboratory with hyper-technological equipment, a monitoring area and an immersive viewing area for advanced modelling based on Eni’s HPC4 and HPC5 supercomputers. Inside the lab, visitors can discover some of Eni’s technologies and products for decarbonization, among them the ISWEC system, which produces energy from sea waves and aerial, terrestrial and submarine robotics (Roger and Clean Sea); advanced biofuels produced by agri-feedstock and waste&residue supply chains; the technologies of the CCUS supply chain for the capture, utilisation and storage of CO2; some technologies for environmental restoration (e_Hyrec and phytoremediation) and an evocative model of magnetic confinement nuclear fusion.

Joule: Eni School of Entrepreneurship

The Gasometer is also home to Joule, Eni School of Entrepreneurship. This is where ZERO, the Italian cleantech accelerator of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) National Accelerator Network, was founded, with the aim of promoting the establishment of sustainable businesses across the country by fostering and nurturing partnerships and collaborations with universities, accelerators and stakeholders.

ZERO - the Clean Tech Accelerator

Through Joule and together with CDP Venture, Acea, Vodafone, Maire Tecnimont and Microsoft, with the support of LVenture and of the Elis Consortium, Eni set up ZERO as an Italian accelerator targeting start-ups with a high Technology Readiness Level, i.e. companies with value propositions or use cases already developed for specific markets, in search of new spaces and opportunities in the area of decarbonization and of the circular economy.

The headquarters of AGI, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia

Near Piazza del Gazometro, just a few metres from the massive facility and from the Bridge of Science, is the editorial office of Agi (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia). After its foundation in 1950, the news agency was sold to Eni, with which it was already collaborating, in 1965. Today, Agi continues to follow its editorial line based on internationalisation, which it began to pursue in the mid-1970s through a strategy of partnerships with news organisations located in emerging countries and in areas of great geopolitical interest.

The history of the complex

The photographic book titled "The Iron Giant" narrates the present, past and future of this landmark of the city of Rome. In three excerpts from the book, you can learn about the origins of the area and the advent of modernity in the words of writer and journalist Corrado Augias, explore the rise and fall of the industrial area of the Gasometer in an article by Maristella Casciato, professor of History of Architecture at Bologna University and discover its role as a symbol of the city and preferred location for Roman cinema in an essay by film historian Sergio Toffetti.

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