Our South Research Centre is located in Milazzo, Sicily. Since 1997 it has been managing pilot plants which simulate the refinery and biorefinery processes for the conversion and fractioning of distillates, residues and biofeedstocks. It is specialised in:
- evaluation of petroleum products and plant-based feedstocks for various processes
- screening of catalysts
- optimisation of process parameters
The centre’s expertise are in step with the energy transition. We have carried out the following activities here:
- pilot tests of co-feeding in preparation for the production of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) in Eni's Taranto refinery, obtained by co-feeding the conventional plants with UCO (Used Cooking Oil)
- simulation on a pilot scale of the Ecofining™ process, developed by Eni and Honeywell UOP, for the production of pure HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) from plant-based products.
The centre is able to carry out screening tests for the selection of catalysts for deoxygenation and isomerisation for the production of biofuels, and is engaged in the development of new technologies for the purification of vegetable oils for sustainable mobility.