From the environment to safety at work, we are striving to achieve great results.
2008 was the year Eni and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) began working together, having agreed to do so in January 2017 at a meeting between the president of MIT, Rafael Reif, and the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi. In just over 10 years, we have developed unique technologies, achieving significant results in various fields, from renewables and environmental protection to carbon reduction and safety at work. This collaboration involves over 100 researchers, professors and postgraduates, whose support has been fundamental in more than 40 projects. In line with our business model, we are working together towards a low-carbon future, defined by expertise technologies that will change the way Eni produces and consumes energy.
More than 100 people and 18 departments at MIT have played their part in this alliance. The link has resulted in more than 40 projects in 10 years. Without doubt one of the most important among the countless ideas and projects on safety and the environment was the first Solar Frontier Center.
Producing solar energy in laboratories is a challenge for the future of energy on the planet. The process begins when two hydrogen or hydrogen isotope atoms come close enough that their nuclei melt. Replicating fusion on earth requires the use of hydrogen isotopes, because their nuclei contain the smallest positively charged particles. It is a miracle of nature that has long fascinated scholars and men of science. If exploited, it could provide virtually unlimited and extremely clean energy. Economically sustainable and safe, and with no polluting emissions, it is the energy of the future.
A great deal of our projects focus on renewables, particularly solar energy. One example is our advanced organic photovoltaics (OPV) project at the Eni Renewable Energy and Environmental R&D Center. In charge of the project is Andrea Bernardi, who is working on one of the most innovative technologies spawned by the partnership between Eni and MIT. The aim is to create solar panels that use polymers instead of silicon and are more convenient and versatile as a result.
As an energy company, we have come out top when it comes to oil and gas exploeration. It is a massive achievement that has allowed us to discover places like Coral and Zohr. Thanks to our collaboration with MIT, we have managed to develop new solutions that will improve Upstream processes.