Ente nazionale di ricerca CNR

CNR for sustainable development and research in Southern Italy

Together with the CNR, we have set up four joint research centres in Lecce, Gela, Metaponto and Portici for technological innovation applied to the energy transition.

Partnership in strategic sectors for the energy transition is renewed

On 26 November 2021, Eni and the National Research Council (CNR) renewed their Framework Agreement as part of joint research and technological innovation activities for a period of three years plus two optional years. Signed by Claudio Descalzi (CEO of Eni) and Maria Chiara Carrozza (President of the CNR), the agreement provides for the development of projects and initiatives in the energy transition area. The strategic sectors that have been identified are:

  • operational excellence (key technologies for resource development)
  • decarbonization
  • energy saving
  • circular economy
  • sustainability in local community development processes
Claudio Descalzi primo piano

The fundamental areas of innovation and technological development must be strengthened by bringing together the best-in-class resources and skills to contribute to the decarbonisation process of an industrial system that has reached a crucial path.

Claudio Descalzi (CEO of Eni)

The renewal of the Framework Agreement

The Eni-CNR collaboration identifies some strategic research and technological innovation paths for the energy transition: advanced and low carbon biofuels, reuse and valorisation of waste, CO₂ capture, use and storage (CCU and CCS), wave motion energy, magnetic confinement fusion.

Maria Chiara Carrozza (President at CNR)

From research to patent

The Eni and the CNR partnership has led to the development of innovative solutions in various fields, including solar energy, the phyto-purification of contaminated water and soils and the reuse of CO2, seeing the registration of around 24 patents for proprietary technologies. Our first agreement with Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), in 2009, was renewed in 2014. In 2018 we signed a Memorandum of understanding and in 2019 a Joint Research Agreement to for research into sustainable economic and environmental development in Italy and the wider world, by collaborating at four research centres in Campania, Sicily, Basilicata and Apulia. The renewal of the Framework Agreement sits alongside the Joint Research Agreement to further strengthen the cooperation process.

Four Joint Centres in Southern Italy

Thanks to the Joint Research Agreement signed in 2019, the four joint research centres in Puglia, Sicily, Basilicata and Campania were set up: Lecce, Gela, Metaponto and Portici. In the centres, Eni and CNR researchers are working together to reduce the energy sector's carbon footprint, promote the circular economy and the bio-economy, develop water systems and test innovative, sustainable farming techniques. The joint research at the Eni-CNR laboratory in Lecce, at CNR's Nanotec institute, analyses climate processes caused by the destabilisation of the Arctic cryosphere and especially permafrost, assessing the effects of melting on the Arctic Ocean. The centre in Lecce is the first multidisciplinary one in Italy for integrated research into this topic. It relies on laboratories and specialist skills in the fields of nanotechnology and materials. The “Ettore Maiorana” Eni-CNR research centre in Gela has, as its main focus, research into magnetic confinement fusion by developing research lines on plasma simulations, control and data management systems, by studying innovative materials suitable for the fusion environment and innovative superconductors, advanced power electronics and diagnostic systems. The main aim of the agreement is to build up expertise in the region by investing in PhDs with leading Italian universities. Before and after the pandemic, training activities for graduates/doctoral students and high schools have been carried out at the Gela centre. In Basilicata, at "Ipazia D’Alessandria", the Eni-CNR centre in Metaponto, we search for solutions and innovative technology to make water use in agriculture more efficient and productive, especially in areas affected by drought. Finally, at "Giampiero Maracchi", CNR's agricultural research centre in Portici, we are dedicated to studying technologies for reducing ecological impact in farming and producing biofuel from waste biomass. Thanks to these studies we are able to foster multifunctional use of local areas, diversifying crops in the name of the bio-economy, in line with the SDGs and EU research programmes into agri-food and the bio-economy.

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