Research and technological innovation

Internal research center with scientists at work

The instrument of our transformation

Research and technological innovation have always been an integral part of our business approach, leading us to become a global energy tech company. Today we are transforming our business to actively support the energy transition. This evolution is being driven by our network of Research Centres and laboratories in Italy, where we are exploring the best solutions to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our plants and, consequently, of our products. At the heart of these efforts is the rich scientific and engineering expertise of our people, supported by advanced digital tools for big data analysis and the computational power of our supercomputer. At the same time, we dialogue with leading scientists in Italy and abroad thanks to partnerships with Universities and Research Centres and to our openness to start-ups through Open Innovation initiatives.

 

Our constant commitment to developing and deploying new technologies is crucial in supporting business transformation and it allows us to seize new opportunities from the energy transition. At the same time, it is also the factor that keeps us competitive in all activities, a necessary condition to continue to create value in the long run and, in a broader perspective, to help ensure security of supply.

People and laboratories for research applied to energy

We have seven main Research Centres in Italy, each specialising in specific technical-scientific areas to meet our business targets and implement our long-term strategy. Our researchers have a wide range of expertise, from the geological study of deposits to the development of efficient bio-refining technologies, renewable energy and environmental remediation.

 

Digital innovation runs throughout the company and plays a decisive role in accelerating the transformation to carbon neutrality: data, computing power and artificial intelligence improve operational excellence and optimise performance and energy efficiency. 

Highlights

Eni’s strengths and its main results from research and development

7

Eni Research Centres in Italy


> 1,000

active researchers


> 70

collaborations with Universities and Research Centres


~ 70%

investments in research and development dedicated to decarbonization


8,029

active patents


7

Eni Research Centres in Italy

> 1,000

active researchers

> 70

collaborations with Universities and Research Centres

~ 70%

investments in research and development dedicated to decarbonization

8,029

active patents

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Our Research Centres in Italy

Research Centres of San Donato Milanese

In San Donato Milanese, the Natural Resources, Wind and Marine Energy Research Centre and the New Feedstock and Energy Carriers Research Centre are active. The former specialises in developing technologies for the sustainable use of natural resources, the wind and the sea and provides technical support at every operational stage. The latter specialises in decarbonization and bio processes, product formulation and the study of raw materials for sustainable mobility.

Renewable, New Energies and Material Science Research Center of Novara

The Renewable, New Energies and Material Science Research Centre in Novara specialises in renewable energy, the circular economy and agri-feedstock, as well as energy storage, hydrogen and chemical and physical testing in support of magnetic confinement fusion and new types of energy. We have more laboratories in Venice for the analysis and characterisation of advanced materials, the prevention of corrosion and the monitoring of methane emissions.

Research Centre Sud of Milazzo

Pilot plants simulating refining and bio-refining processes for the conversion and fractionation of distillates, residue and bio-feedstock are in operation at the Research Centre Sud in Milazzo. The centre specialises in the analysis of oil and vegetable feedstocks for various processes, in the screening of catalysts and in the optimisation of process parameters.

Elastomers Research Centre Versalis of Ravenna and Ferrara

Our two Research Centres in Ravenna and Ferrara together form Versalis's Elastomer Research Centre, where we study new development solutions in the field of elastomeric polymers. More specifically, we develop products from both traditional and circular sources, studying their chemical and physical properties and their performance in the main applications. Here activities are carried out in close collaboration with other centres, particularly the one in Mantua.

Basic Chemicals and Plastics Research Centre Versalis of Mantova

In Mantua we have Versalis's largest research centre, the Basic Chemicals and Plastics Research Centre Versalis, which focuses on our proprietary technologies. Among its activities are technical assistance to customers and the development of applications for basic chemicals and plastics. In this centre we also follow circular economy projects involving chemical and mechanical recycling of end-of-life plastics.

Research Centre Matrìca of Porto Torres

The Matrìca Research Centre in Porto Torres is located inside the Matrìca plants, a joint venture between Versalis and Novamont, and consists of an analysis laboratory and seven pilot plants. Its objective is to optimise the processes of the production site through specialised analytical assistance and activities related to the agricultural supply chain, with the aim of developing new technologies to enhance the value of raw materials of plant origin.

Research Centres of Novara and Rivalta Scrivia

At the two Versalis Research Centres in Novara and Rivalta Scrivia we carry out innovative research and development activities on chemistry from renewable sources. The main areas we study are sugars obtained from lignocellulosic biomass, bioethanol, chemical intermediates, including those from raw materials of plant origin by synthesis or extraction, bio-polymers for fermentation and innovative proprietary catalysts.

Our Research Centres in Italy

Research Centres of San Donato Milanese

In San Donato Milanese, the Natural Resources, Wind and Marine Energy Research Centre and the New Feedstock and Energy Carriers Research Centre are active. The former specialises in developing technologies for the sustainable use of natural resources, the wind and the sea and provides technical support at every operational stage. The latter specialises in decarbonization and bio processes, product formulation and the study of raw materials for sustainable mobility.

Renewable, New Energies and Material Science Research Center of Novara

The Renewable, New Energies and Material Science Research Centre in Novara specialises in renewable energy, the circular economy and agri-feedstock, as well as energy storage, hydrogen and chemical and physical testing in support of magnetic confinement fusion and new types of energy. We have more laboratories in Venice for the analysis and characterisation of advanced materials, the prevention of corrosion and the monitoring of methane emissions.

Research Centre Sud of Milazzo

Pilot plants simulating refining and bio-refining processes for the conversion and fractionation of distillates, residue and bio-feedstock are in operation at the Research Centre Sud in Milazzo. The centre specialises in the analysis of oil and vegetable feedstocks for various processes, in the screening of catalysts and in the optimisation of process parameters.

Elastomers Research Centre Versalis of Ravenna and Ferrara

Our two Research Centres in Ravenna and Ferrara together form Versalis's Elastomer Research Centre, where we study new development solutions in the field of elastomeric polymers. More specifically, we develop products from both traditional and circular sources, studying their chemical and physical properties and their performance in the main applications. Here activities are carried out in close collaboration with other centres, particularly the one in Mantua.

Basic Chemicals and Plastics Research Centre Versalis of Mantova

In Mantua we have Versalis's largest research centre, the Basic Chemicals and Plastics Research Centre Versalis, which focuses on our proprietary technologies. Among its activities are technical assistance to customers and the development of applications for basic chemicals and plastics. In this centre we also follow circular economy projects involving chemical and mechanical recycling of end-of-life plastics.

Research Centre Matrìca of Porto Torres

The Matrìca Research Centre in Porto Torres is located inside the Matrìca plants, a joint venture between Versalis and Novamont, and consists of an analysis laboratory and seven pilot plants. Its objective is to optimise the processes of the production site through specialised analytical assistance and activities related to the agricultural supply chain, with the aim of developing new technologies to enhance the value of raw materials of plant origin.

Research Centres of Novara and Rivalta Scrivia

At the two Versalis Research Centres in Novara and Rivalta Scrivia we carry out innovative research and development activities on chemistry from renewable sources. The main areas we study are sugars obtained from lignocellulosic biomass, bioethanol, chemical intermediates, including those from raw materials of plant origin by synthesis or extraction, bio-polymers for fermentation and innovative proprietary catalysts.

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