Scientific research partnership renewed for another four years.
MIT president Rafael Reif and Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi are in Rome discussing cutting-edge research in the field of low-carbon technology and their future plans.
The agreement confirms both Eni’s status as a founding member of the MITEI (MIT Energy Initiative) and its support for research at three of MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers. Low-Carbon Energy Centers are a crucial part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change and fit perfectly with Eni’s commitment to energy transition and fighting climate change.
Some images of the event and the interviews with Robert Armstrong, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative; Giuseppe Tannoia Director of Research and Technological Innovation Eni and Francesca Ferrazza Knowledge Management System Vice President of Eni.
Current research projects arising from the partnership between Eni and MIT focus on five main areas related to the energy sector. All are highly innovative and involve cutting-edge technology:
Together we retrace the main events in our collaboration with the most prestigious research institute in the world.
Alfonso Amendola, a young researcher at Eni, spent a month in MIT’s Boston laboratories, working on experiments that aim to make technology transfer more direct and efficient. In this interview he reflects briefly on the integrated approach to innovation for which MIT is renowned.
Andrea Bernardi is the head of Eni’s advanced organic photovoltaic project (Advanced OPV), one of the most cutting-edge pieces of technology to arise from the partnership between Eni and MIT. The aim of the project is to create solar panels using polymers instead of silicon, thus making them cheaper and more versatile.Read the story
Whether clear or coloured, the luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) absorb the sun’s light and re-emit it at a longer wavelength. The radiation gravitates towards the edges, as in an optical fibre, making them luminescent. Small photovoltaic cells then transform the radiation received into electricity.
Roberto Casula describes his collaboration with MIT
Last October, Eni was invited to give a talk at MIT on the eve of the MIT Energy Initiative’s External Advisory Board meeting. This was a highly prestigious event involving Roberto Casula, chief development, operations and technology officer at Eni.
Casula’s speech covers a wide range of topics and outlines the great challenges Eni faces: how to ensure access to energy while fighting climate change.