The award is a demonstration of the Eni commitment to innovation and scientific research and, over the years, it has become the internationally recognised Prize for outstanding research works in the fields of the energy and the environment. Alongside the traditional prize for the Young Researcher of the Year, a new Research Debut prize has been added: Young Talent from Africa dedicated to young African graduates.
Rome, 5 October 2017 – The award ceremony was held today, at the
Palazzo Quirinale, in the presence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella,
Eni chairman Emma Marcegaglia and chief executive Claudio
Descalzi, for the 10th edition of the Eni Award.
The award is a demonstration of the Eni commitment to innovation and scientific
research and, over the years, it has become the internationally recognised Prize for
outstanding research works in the fields of the energy and the environment. The award
aims at promoting a better use of energy sources as well as stimulating new ideas
from the younger generation of scientists. Since its launch in 2007, more than 8,000
candidates have submitted their research projects which have been evaluated by a Scientific
Commission including more than 27 Nobel Prize-winners.
Eni believes in young scientists, in their curiosity, in their desire to discover
and in the strength of new energy, and, from this year, what has become over the years
a “Nobel for Energy” has been expanded and enhanced. Alongside the traditional
prize for the Young Researcher of the Year, awarded to the
authors of the best PhD theses at Italian Universities, a new Research
Debut prize has been added: Young Talent from Africa
dedicated to young African graduates.
Among 71 African candidates, prizes were awarded to Blessing Onyeche Ugwoke
(Nigeria), for a graduate dissertation and study on the energy efficiency off-grid
renewable energy systems in Nigeria, and Yemane Kelemework Equbamariam
for his thesis on integrated geophysical investigations of the Main Ethiopian Rift
applied to the exploration of geothermal resources. Both projects will be developed,
with the support of Eni, in a PhD programme, at the Politecnico di Torino and Federico
II University in Naples, respectively.
Among the Young Researchers of the Year awards were given to Matteo
Fasano for his studies into the synthesis of nano-materials for renewable
energy, engineering or nano-medicine and Stefano Langé for
the development of an innovative process for high CO2 and H2S
content natural gas purification as a way of making this important source available
to support the energy transition and to meet growing demand in the coming decades.
One of the three main prizes was awarded in the category of Energy
Transition (innovation in the hydrocarbon sector for the decarbonisation
of the energy system), to Robert Schlögl for research in the
field of hydrogen and methane production from renewable sources, with particular reference
to chemical reaction mechanisms.
The prize for Advanced Environmental Solutions, for research
on the protection of air, water and land and the reclamation industrial sites, went
to Graham Hutchings for the development of low environmental impact
catalysts that can have a range of industrial applications, in particular in the chemical
Finally, the Energy Frontiers Award for research into
renewable energy sources and storage was awarded to Jens Nielsen
for research on the engineering of microorganisms that open new solutions for the
production of fuels and chemical products from renewables.
Details for the 2018 edition of the Award have already been published and are available at: https://www.eni.com/enipedia/it_IT/modello-di-business/premi-e-riconoscimenti/bando-eni-award-2018.page