Ten years of collaboration between Eni and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has seen the development of innovative technology and excellent results in the fields of renewables, the environment and safety in the workplace. The next challenge is nuclear fusion, in which MIT has a long and esteemed record for research. On 9 March this year, we signed an agreement with Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a spin-out from MIT, that will see us acquire a stake in CFS to develop the first plants to produce energy through nuclear fusion – a safe, sustainable and virtually unlimited energy source that does not produce any pollutants or greenhouse gases.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Eni - MIT alliance, a workshop has been organised for the 12th and 13th June to take stock of the most recent research in order to promote and market these technologies.

This video captures the first impressions of the key players in the Eni-MIT workshop, which was held on 12 June at our Research Centre in San Donato Milanese. The workshop gave us the opportunity to come face-to-face with leading scientists, bring everyone up to date on the projects currently underway, and most importantly, look to the future with enthusiasm.

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    Eni presents a programme dedicated to solar energy as part of its research and development work.

    2007
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    Five-year energy research partnership signed in Boston. Eni becomes a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).

    2008
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    First solar cell based on nanostructures (quantum dots) developed in the laboratory.

    2009
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    Solar Frontiers Center unveiled in Cambridge (Masachusetts), promoting research into advanced solar technology – from new photovolstaic materials to the production of hydrogen from solar energy.

    2010
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    Low-temperature technology with a low environmental impact used to create solar cells on paper.

    2011
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    Research programme in partnership with MITEI in Cambridge, Massachusetts, renewed for another four years. Eni-MIT Energy Society founded at Boston Public Library.

    2013
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    Field testing of Safety++, a system of wearable monitoring and alarm technology to ensure workers’ safety in risky environments.

    2015
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    Full-size prototype of a concentrated solar power (CSP) system created in collaboration with Milan Polytechnic University.

    2016
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    Renewal of the strategic alliance between Eni and MIT for another four years cements Eni’s position as one of the institution’s leading industrial sponsors.

    2017
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    Ten years of collaboration between Eni and MIT, 10 years of innovative technologies and excellent results in terms of renewables, environment and safety at work. And now fusion energy.

    2018
 

Together we retrace the main events in our collaboration with the most prestigious research institute in the world.

On 16 January, 2017, MIT president Rafael Reif and Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Rome to discuss their many years of cutting-edge research in the field of low-carbon technology and their future plans. The agreement they reached confirmed 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. These 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.

MIT, the top academic institution worldwide for breakthrough innovation, is the ideal partner to address research in key technologies that can lead us towards an increasingly cleaner future.

Claudio Descalzi

  • Nanotechnology for solar-energy production
  • Environment: technology to capture, store and use CO2 and advanced environmental classification techniques
  • Energy storage: research projects into next-generation flow batteries
  • Traditional O&G: advanced oil-field and oil-system modelling projects
  • HSE: developing sensors and systems to improve safety at work
  • Nuclear fusion research: thanks to the agreement signed with Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a spin-out of MIT

Upstream

Upstream

Innovative upstream solutions

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.

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Solar energy

Solar energy

New solar energy technologies

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.

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Renewables

Renewables

Intelligent windows

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.

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