Judges who have won Nobel Prizes. Winners who will go on to win Nobel Prizes. Scientific discoveries that make a big impact on the energy industry and recognition by the President of the Italian Republic. Since it began in 2008, the Eni Award has become much more than a company prize. It is now a globally significant event for applied research and technological innovation in energy.
Current Eni Award categories
- Energy Frontiers award: technological innovation in the field of renewable energy and related energy management and storage technologies, in the context of decarbonizing energy systems.
- Advanced Environmental Solutions award: technological innovation in the protection and sustainable use of natural resources (e.g. land, air and water) and the promotion of biodiversity and preservation of natural capital, with the aim of accelerating the transition to an environmentally sustainable business model, including sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture.
- Energy Transition award: technological innovation aimed at reducing carbon footprint during the transition towards an environmentally neutral energy production system through improving energy efficiency in transport and industrial processes and promoting the use of sustainable (including from an economic viewpoint) technologies; for capturing, using and storing carbon dioxide (CCUS), together with increased energy efficiency, as a bridge to decarbonization of the energy system.
- Young Researcher of the Year award: two awards for graduates with PhD theses from Italian universities on these themes: combating water, air and soil pollution, preventing global warming, and recovering and reusing disused industrial sites; sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture to ensure food security and industrial crop production, including through genetic improvement of species and varieties; renewable energies and energy storage; new technologies for H2 production (blue, green and turquoise hydrogen); capturing, using and storing carbon (CCUS), and energy efficiency as a bridge to decarbonization of the energy system.
- Research Debut - Young Talents from Africa award: four awards to go to graduates from African countries for a degree or master’s thesis carried out in an African university on these themes: combating water, air and soil pollution, preventing global warming, and recovering and reusing disused industrial sites; sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture to ensure food security and industrial crop production, including through genetic improvement of species and varieties; renewable energies and energy storage; new technologies for H2 production (blue, green and turquoise hydrogen); capturing, using and storing carbon (CCUS), and energy efficiency as a bridge to decarbonization of the energy system. This category was created in 2017 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the award.
- Eni Innovation awards (for Eni employees): three awards for ideas with the greatest potential for impact in terms of the innovation they could generate and for the best technological innovations resulting from Eni research.
The Awards’ Scientific Committee that assesses applications and awards the corresponding prizes is made up of scientists belonging to the greatest research institutes in the world. It is currently chaired by Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1987, and has previously counted Robert Richardson, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1996, and the late Sir Harold Kroto, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996, among its ranks.
The 2020 winners
Below are all 2020 Eni Award winners:
- Energy Transition award: David T. Allen (The University of Texas, Austin)
- Energy Frontiers award: Chintamani Nages Ramachandra Rao (International Centre for Materials Science, Bangalore)
- Advanced Environmental Solutions award: Jürgen Caro (University of Hannover) and Jörg Kärger (University of Leipzig)
- Young Talents from Africa category: Alaa Abbas (The American University in Cairo), Ahmed Mohamed Ismail Tarek (The American University in Cairo), Djalila Ben-Bouchta (Cairo University)
- Young Researcher of the Year award: Matteo Morciano (Polytechnic University of Turin) and Francesca De Falco (University of Naples Federico II)
- Eni Innovation award: Roberto Millini, Michela Bellettato, Giuseppe Bellussi, Giovanna Carpani, Ilaria Pietrini, Filomena Castaldo, Orazio Lo Chiano, Alessandro Riva.
Furthermore, the Special mention "Eni Joule for Entrepreneurship" was given to the teams:
- Bi-rex, a start-up founded by two researchers from the Politecnico di Milano
- ResourSEAs, a start-up founded as a spin-off of the University of Palermo (UniPa)
- RESET, an SME based in Rieti.
The award ceremony of the 2020 Eni Award
The 2020 Eni Award ceremony was held on 14 October 2021. As per tradition, the ceremony was held at the Quirinale Palace and was attended by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. The involvement of Italy’s highest institutional office confirms the value of this increasingly important award for Eni and the scientific community.
The Award through its leading figures
This infographic is a collection of the faces of leading figures in the Eni Award, video interviews with award winners and detailed descriptions of the research conducted, which can be filtered by year and theme. The evolution of an award focused on excellence.
Eni Award 2022 Official Announcements
Again for 2022, there are three main prizes Eni Awards for Energy Frontiers, Advanced Environmental Solutions and Energy Transition, and awards for the Young Researcher of the Year, Research Debut - Young Talents from Africa and the Recognition of Innovation at Eni for our researchers.
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