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Eni at Expo 2020 Dubai: ‘Innovation means making things possible’


Paths, experiences, science: Eni at the Italian Pavilion

We have confirmed our participation as the Platinum Sponsor of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, where we will showcase our decarbonization strategy through innovations across the entire energy supply chain.

Press release | Eni: Official Platinum Sponsor of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai, will take place in the United Arab Emirates. The official theme of the first world fair to be held in an Arab country, postponed from last year due to the pandemic, is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. This is a nod to both the connections between people and ideas and the opportunity to create partnerships and shape the world of tomorrow. Italy has chosen to share the best of its culture and talent around the ideal of beauty. ‘Beauty connects people’ is the theme of the Italy Pavilion, for which Eni is the Official Platinum Sponsor.

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Innovation makes everything possible: an experiential exhibition project

We are exhibiting the Innovation means making things possible installation at Expo 2020 Dubai, in an 85 square metre space in the Italian Pavilion. It focuses on new ways of producing energy from renewable sources, especially from biological materials. The project was designed by the architectural and innovation firm CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota and gives an artistic interpretation of the intensified CO2  biofixation process that was developed in our Research Centre for Renewable Energies and the Environment labs in Novara.

The installation can be found near the main entrance to the exhibition space and is suspended at full height over a body of water. It recreates microalgae cultivation using a spectacular cascade of up to 20 metre long technological vines. Through each of the LED lit lianas flow the microalgae: the see-through circuit therefore becomes a spectacular exhibition of microalgae biologic process and growth in the photobioreactor where, feeding on  CO₂, these unicellular organisms produce high-value nutritional compounds and more. The multilayer photobioreactor pilot plant will also be on display, created from Eni’s collaboration with the Turin Polytechnic and a network of Italian start-ups.

 

The future of our installation... is circular

Wastology: an object that allows you to reuse organic waste by composting it right there in your kitchen. This is the idea that was selected at the "Braiding the future" workshop, promoted by Eni and Maker Faire Rome (MFR) - The European Edition, in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati and the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), for the purposes of envisaging the new lease of life our installation at the Italian Pavilion would be given. It is fully in keeping with the idea of circularity that was put forward as a challenge to participants and will be displayed in digital format in our exhibition space over the course of the semester.

Press release | The winners of the Braiding the Future’ workshop design the future of Eni’s installation at the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai

Dialogue, beauty and innovation at the Italy Pavilion

At Expo 2020 Dubai, we will talk about the importance of innovation to our decarbonization strategy for the entire energy supply chain, from Upstream to Downstream operations. Scientific research and technological innovation are at the centre of our chosen theme for the event: ‘Innovation means making things possible’.They have always been a part of our company's DNA, making us recognisable all over the world.

At the Expo, the Italy Pavilion will feature a multi-purpose space and a programme of events and initiatives aimed at relaunching the image of our country abroad. These are also designed to strengthen Italy's relations not only with the United Arab Emirates, but with the other countries attending. The pavilion will host a series of initiatives and events including an innovation hub and an area to design the future based on dialogue and active collaboration between peoples and nations. This will incorporate the values of self-determination, competition, sustainability, innovation and development inspired by the 17 SDGs of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The chosen theme, ‘Beauty connects people’, celebrates bringing people together by means of a series of initiatives highlighting the values, skills and excellence found in Italy. This is a country that makes creativity, biodiversity and the ability to innovate a source of growth, alongside development of knowledge, cultures and lifestyles.

Proprietary technologies and excellent partnerships for a low-carbon future

We, along with other global energy companies, are facing an ambitious challenge: to produce energy with the lowest carbon impact. To achieve this, we have chosen to invest even more in scientific and technological research, an area in which 1,500 people at Eni currently work, 50 pilot plants operate, and collaborations with 70 universities and research centres are underway.

Our commitment to decarbonization and the energy transition is also reflected in partnerships with national and international leaders in R&D, including Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with whom we collaborate to further the industrial development of magnetic fusion: a safe, sustainable, practically inexhaustible source of energy that produces no pollutants or long-term waste.

In Italy, together with the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), we are developing a large science/technology centre on DTT (Divertor Tokamak Test) fusion.

To increase access to high-impact emerging technologies, we have also adopted an Open Innovation approach through Eni Next and with OGCI-Climate Investments.

At the same time, we are continuing to invest in venture capital initiatives and the development and deployment of disruptive technologies, with a focus on circular economy, decarbonization and renewable energy.

Finding new ways to reuse carbon dioxide in industrial processes is of strategic importance if we are to reduce climate-changing gas emissions. Biofixation technology also uses the circular economy approach, which is part of our business model. This is the same approach that underpins other innovations created in Eni's laboratories, technologies that allow processes to be optimised by transforming chemical elements, biomass and waste into sustainable resources. Such technologies include Waste-to-fuel and Ecofining™, which we use in our biorefineries in Venice and Gela, but also CCS and CCU, the repurposing of sulphur or the conversion of gas and CO2 into methanol.

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CO₂ biofixation: the circular nature of algae

The innovative technology for fixing CO₂ through microalgae cultivation is an emissions reduction solution that follows the principles of the circular economy.

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Eni in the Middle East: from Upstream operations and refining to Expo 2020 Dubai

Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai allows Italy to strengthen its role in the Mediterranean, reinforcing the intercultural relationship between Europe and the Middle East. At Eni, we have been active in the Middle East for three years, with activities ranging from exploration to development and refining, but our historical presence in the region dates back to the 1950s, when Enrico Mattei began the first collaborations with oil-producing countries. Today, in addition to being a global leader in Oil & Gas, the region is also establishing itself in the field of renewables and green technological innovation.

 In particular,in light of the partnership with ADNOC, since 2019 we have expanded and diversified our portfolio of refining and trading activities in the United Arab Emirates, while in 2020 we launched a partnership for research into the creation of advanced low-carbon technological solutions aimed at CO2 reduction, capture, use or storage.

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Ghasha: oil&gas strengthen our presence in the United Arab Emirates

In 2018, we acquired a 25% stake in the concession in the United Arab Emirates which includes the Hail, Ghasha and Dalma fields.

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Ruwais: efficient refining in the United Arab Emirates

In 2018, we began a new growth phase in the refining sector with the acquisition of 20% of the Abu Dhabi refinery.