Innovation underpins the company’s organic growth and evolution. The heart of Eni's research is dedicated to increasing efficiency, transforming businesses and creating game-changing technologies for the energy transition. A network of alliances with universities, research centres and industrial partners feeds a knowledge chain.
A key driver of business transformation
Commitment to research and development is strategic to meet the challenge of the energy transition. From new ideas and knowledge, tested and developed in cooperation with important scientific and industrial partners, we want to generate cutting-edge solutions to speed up the progress towards our goal of Net Zero by 2050.
Eni's research follows three main lines:
- Renewables and new types of energy, to support the development of renewable energy and energy storage and, in parallel, to develop breakthrough technologies such as magnetic confinement fusion.
- Decarbonised solutions to reduce, capture, transform or store CO2, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and promoting low-carbon energy carriers such as hydrogen and methanol.
- Circular economy and bio-based products: to reduce, recycle and reuse products and by-products, transforming waste into value-added products for biorefineries, sustainable mobility and renewable chemistry.
A further line concerns Operational Excellence, i.e. the development of technologies to achieve the highest level of efficiency and safety with minimum environmental impact, while reducing costs and time to market.
A safe, sustainable and inexhaustible source of energy, a possible turning point in the decarbonization process we are supporting.
Going along the road, however long, towards this new energy source means heading towards a sustainable future, as fusion could make a substantial contribution to the mix of clean energy sources that are crucial to combating climate change.
An international award for research and technological innovation in the energy sector.
A reference point for energy research
Eni established the Eni Award in 2008, and since then it has become an international highlight for research and technological innovation applied to the world of energy. Its history spans five continents and the careers of dozens of researchers and scientists, with Nobel Prize winners among both jurors and laureates. As proof of the value of the initiative, the award ceremony takes place at the Quirinal Palace in Rome in the presence of the President of the Republic of Italy.
Research and innovation towards the Net Zero goal
We design, develop and deploy proprietary and breakthrough technologies that support our net GHG emission reduction plan.
total active in 2021
30 1st patent
applications total filed in 2021
>60 pilot plants
to develop new technologies
400 ongoing projects
in research and development
7 Eni Research Centres
we collaborate with worldwide
Alliances for the future of energy and the planet under the banner of innovation and the energy transition.
Improving energy in all its forms
In addition to expanding into the most strategic areas for the evolution of the energy sector, Eni's research and development also continues to focus on areas that are important to the business today, developing solutions to improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the company's activities across the entire value chain.
From the exploration of new resources to refining, chemistry and environmental remediation, innovation is a driving force in engineering activities from the earliest stages of asset design and development, prototyping and pilot plants, through to industrial applications.
Proprietary assets and in-house expertise
Eni’s research leverages resources, knowledge and skills from all areas of the company in a cross-sectoral and synergetic man
Contributions to the science of energy
A selection of content on scientific research in the energy sector.