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

2014 2015 2016
R&D expenditure(¹) (€ million) 174 176 161
First patent filing applications (number) 64 33 40
- of which filed on renewable sources (number) 29 16 12

(¹) Net of general and administrative costs

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 and tested by Eni in its laboratories, it can produce very high quality sustainable biofuel, which exceeds the limits of existing fuels on the market (the so-called FAME - Fatty Acid Methyl Esters), reducing particulate emissions and improving engine efficiency, in line with current legislation and European directives.
    The result of the innovative Ecofining™ technology, Eni Diesel+ is the new diesel produced at the biorefinery in Venice, which, with a 15% renewable component, maintains engine efficiency and helps to reduce CO2 emissions.

  • HPC

    At its Green Data Centre in Ferrera Erbognone (in the province of Pavia), Eni has added a new HPC3 (High Performance Computing) super computer, to support all of the company’s activities in the Exploration & Production sector. The HPC3, along with the pre-existing HPC2, will provide Eni with an effective total computing power of 5.8 petaflops, with a peak performance of un 8.4 petaflops. Together, Eni’s two mega-computers constitute Europe’s most powerful system in the oil and gas industry.

  • 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.

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Giuseppe Tannoia, Direttore Ricerca e Innovazione Tecnologica di Eni

Ricerca e innovazione tecnologica, oggi più che mai, sono elementi chiave della strategia di Eni. Un impegno testimoniato anche da investimenti importanti, quasi 190 milioni di euro nel 2014, e più di 1.300 risorse che a tempo pieno o parziale lavorano su progetti di ricerca e da collaborazioni con centri di ricerca e università in tutto il mondo.

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