New renewable energy sources

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New solar energy technologies

Eni’s talent applied to renewables: an unbeatable combination with innovation at its heart.

Andrea Bernardi is head of Eni’s advanced organic photovoltaic project (AdvancedOPV), one of the most innovative technologies to arise from the partnership between Eni and MIT. The aim of the project is to create solar panels using polymers instead of silicon, thereby making them cheaper and more versatile. Andrea explains more in this interview.

Excellence

Excellence

Thin, lightweight and flexible devices to capture the sun’s rays

Eni and MIT have been working together on advanced solar-power technology since 2008. The project is based at Eni’s laboratory in Novara, but is also supported by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Oulu. Together we are studying rotogravure printing on a flexible substrate to create organic photovoltaic cells.

SHARED MINDS

I think that working abroad is one of the most valuable experiences available, because it allows us to compare ideas with different minds and different ways of approaching problems.

Andrea Bernardi

PRACTICAL USES

PRACTICAL USES

Fields of application

"There are numerous and varied fields where OPV technology can be applied: from its integration into electrical devices and building materials through to providing power to remote and difficult-to-reach areas.”

When academia and industry work together

Renewables and energy storage, decarbonisation and safety in the workplace. Eni and MIT are working together on the transition to a "low-carbon" and safe energy model. The technologies resulting from this collaboration will change the way we produce and consume energy. Marco Bistolfi, R&D external co-operations manager, and Massimiliano Pieri, vice president for co-operation with MIT, discuss the results of a mutually-beneficial alliance that has been in place since 2008.

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