For Eni technological innovation is a key element in making access to new energy resources, improving the use of existing resources and, at the same time, reducing environmental impact both efficient and effective.

Technological innovation

2015 2016 2017
R&D expenditure(¹) (€ million) 176 161 185
First patent filing applications (number) 33 40 27
- of which filed on renewable sources (number) 16 12 11

(¹) Net of general and administrative costs

Source: Integrated Annual Report 2017

Technologies

  • Advanced organic photovoltaic

    Eni’s advanced organic photovoltaic project (Advanced OPV) aims to create solar devices based on innovative technologies. In fact, such devices use polymers instead of silicon as a photo-catalytic material. The potential advantages include the possibility of producing printed organic photovoltaic modules on flexible surfaces. OPV technology can also be integrated into electronic devices and in buildings, as well as providing electricity form remote and difficult to reach areas. Eni collaborates on advanced solar technology with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Oulu.

  • Concentrated Solar Power

    Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is a highly innovative technology that can trace its roots back to the legend of Archimedes’ burning mirrors: a solar system covered with mirrors that concentrate the sun’s energy towards a tube, containing a liquid composed of a mix of dissolved salts. The energy produced is used for heating or for producing electricity. Thanks to solar thermodynamic concentration it is possible to accumulate energy even when the sun is not shining. CSP has been designed by Eni, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A pilot plant is due to be built in the near future in Gela.

  • Ecofining™

    Developed by Eni and tested in its laboratories, it allows the production of high-quality sustainable biofuels, while reducing particulate emissions and improving engine efficiency, in line with current legislation and European directives. Eni’s innovative Ecofining™ technology has been applied to the catalytic hydrodesulphurisation section of the refinery in Venice where, since 2014, Eni has been manufacturing its new Eni Diesel +, the fuel with the largest organic and renewable component (15%), the use of which has demonstrated a significant reduction in pollutant emissions.

  • HPC

    At its Green Data Centre in Ferrera Erbognone (in the province of Pavia), Eni has added a new HPC4 (High Performance Computing) super computer, to provide strategic support to the company’s process of digital transformation across the entire value chain, from the exploration and development phase of oil and gas reservoirs, to the management of the big data generated in the operational phase by all our productive assets (upstream, refining and petrochemicals). HPC4 has a peak performance of 18.6 PetaFlop/s which, combined with the supercomputing system already in operation (HPC3), increases Eni’s computational peak capacity to 22.4 PFlop/s. Together, Eni’s two mega-computers constitute Europe’s most powerful system in the oil and gas industry. Thanks to HPC4 in May 2018 Eni has achieved breakthrough in Oil & Gas reservoir numerical modeling: it executed 100,000 high-resolution reservoir model simulation runs, taking into account geological uncertainties, in a record time of 15 hours. In comparison, most reservoir engineers in the industry can run just one single simulation run in a few hours with CPU-based hardware and software.

  • Luminescent Solar Concentrators

    Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSCs) are transparent coloured panels that absorb part of the sun’s light and re-emit it at a higher wavelength. As with optical fibre, the radiation is directed to the edges, making them luminescent. Here, small photovoltaic cells transform the radiation into electricity. Innovative LSCs have been created to facilitate and expand the use of photovoltaics and can be used in agriculture, architecture and infrastructures. From Eni research on LSC comes the new Eni Ray Plus® technology.

New offshore technologies for oil & gas industry

A new study shows that the oil and gas industry could unlock more than $1bn of revenues by developing technologies to inspect offshore infrastructure. Which technologies are these? Where are they being built.? The oil and gas industry could generate an extra $1 billion in revenues if it were to ...

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New solar energy technologies

talent applied to renewables: an unbeatable combination with innovation at its heart. New solar energy technologies Eni's talent applied to renewables: an unbeatable combination with innovation at its [...] project (OPV) is one of the most innovative technologies to arise from the partnership between Eni and MIT. There are numerous ...

6 July 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

Technology Research and Innovation

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1 January 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Local Content: the new Mattei Formula

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12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Sustainability

More efficient solar technologies and sensors

More efficient solar technologies and sensors More efficient solar technologies and sensors The study, conducted by an interdisciplinary team of international researchers, is part of the framework agreement [...] National Research Council (CNR-INO), the "Quantum Science and Technology in Arcetri "(QSTAR) research center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the ...

17 December 2015 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni and Stanford University Announce New Research Alliance

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17 February 2011 eni.com Section: enipedia

An agreement to bolster sustainable mobility

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21 November 2017 eni.com Section: media

Feeling safe! Safety++, wearable technology designed for personal safety

Wearable Technologies by Eni&MIT Safety++ Jacket - Wearable Technologies by Eni&MIT Safety++ H&S Ecosystem - Mesh Network Safety++ H&S Ecosystem - Carabiner Safety++ Shoes - Wearable Technologies by Eni&MIT [...] have been applied to develop a range of prototypes aimed at detecting such risks to help tackle them quickly. Known ...

6 December 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Waste-to-fuel: new life for waste

Waste-to-fuel technology puts waste to good use. From waste to biofuel Waste-to-fuel technology puts waste to good use. Waste-to-fuel: a new life for waste At Eni's Renewable Energy and Environmental R&D [...] Environmental R&D Centre we have built a pilot plant to trial " waste-to-fuel" (W2F) - a technology that ...

19 April 2018 eni.com Section: Innovation

Production and reserves of mineral deposits

surface and processed - with economic technologies - relative to the total volume of hydrocarbons in the pores of the reservoir rock thousands of metres deep. Technology has a key role in our ability to consistently [...] a more precise map of the fluids as they move in time and space. Eni is ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

A new desalination plant for Lamu, Kenya

Contacts A new desalination plant for Lamu, Kenya Thanks to a new project from Eni, the inhabitants of Lamu County, Kenya, now have access to drinking water. Eni provides communities with drinking water [...] island's inhabitants have limited access to drinking water. Drawing on innovation and technology, Eni has developed ...

22 March 2018 eni.com Section: media

Exploration and research of hydrocarbons

Eni has developed appropriate technologies to improve the accuracy of subsurface investigation techniques to identify new opportunities . There are two main areas which are constantly being developed through [...] News Successful Exploration The development of advanced technologies for the study of the subsurface is key to Eni's success in the ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

The new eni.com celebrates its first birthday

The new eni.com celebrates its first birthday Focus on The new eni.com celebrates its first birthday Data analysis and AskNow: how our digital communications strategy has changed. The energy of connections, [...] connections, one year on: listening and responding In June 2016, we launched a brand-new communications strategy ...

7 June 2017 eni.com Section: media

EniProgetti

Planning Cost control Cost estimating. Technologies and Innovative Projects EniProgetti is committed to the consolidation and enhancement of innovative technologies in the field of exploration, production, [...] for the transfer of technologies and design approaches to oil and gas applications. EniProgetti contributes to the challenges facing the oil industry in the ...

22 June 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia

Social Media Week New York

Social Media Week New York Our social media strategy at one of the most innovative events in the world. Social Media Week New York Our social media strategy at one of the most innovative events in the [...] 2018 we were a Supporting Sponsor for Social Media Week New York. Our ...

27 April 2018 eni.com Section: media

Versalis and KBR enter agreement to license technology for styrenics market

Derbyshire, KBR President of Technology and Consulting. "This is a great opportunity for KBR to expand our chemicals technology portfolio, providing innovative technologies that give our customers a competitive [...] Versalis and KBR enter agreement to license technology for styrenics market Versalis and KBR enter agreement to license technology for styrenics ...

4 November 2015 eni.com Section: enipedia

Reducing the environmental impact in Eni

containment system, developed and patented by Eni, to minimise environmental contamination in the event of accidents in subsea wells Clean sea : an innovative new technology developed by Eni, based on the [...] collaborations with leading research centres and in particular with MIT - a partnership that developed a new model for the ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Eni-MIT Upstream

in the Upstream sector The technology developed as a result of collaboration enhances our portfolio of projects. Eni-MIT: research in the Upstream sector The technology developed as a result of collaboration [...] Thanks to our technology we have identified fields such as Coral and Zohr and built Goliat. As well as ...

7 July 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

Exploration and development activities

drilling vessels. Exploration technologies Research, innovation and technology lead to the successful discovery of new deposits around the world. Cutting-edge technologies are required to explore the subsoil [...] million barrels a day. Choices and success rate Continued research: we recently discovered new deposits and completed new exploratory wells. Eni's Upstream ...

11 May 2018 eni.com Section: operations

Research alliances and collaborations

Global innovation By working with the world's leading scientists we are developing revolutionary new technologies. Internationalising excellence Eni collaborates with leading universities and advanced research [...] protection , and range from the synthesis of fuels with lower emissions to organic solar cells to new technologies for environmental protection and the remediation ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Carbon dioxide: storage or reuse?

Carbon dioxide: storage or reuse? Technologies developed as part of Eni's Energy Transition programme. Carbon dioxide: storage or reuse? Technologies developed as part of Eni's Energy Transition programme. [...] CO2. While storage is generally economically unviable, research and development into new carbon-dioxide reuse technologies has widespread support. 80 % fossil-fuel ...

8 January 2018 eni.com