Solar Energy Project

R&D projects in the field of solar energy and storage have as their objective the development of applications for the supply of electricity and steam in the oil & gas sector, reducing the overall energy footprint (e.g. in construction) and the implementation of sustainable initiatives to make available electricity in areas not currently or poorly served (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa). Research activities are focused on the design, development and subsequent application of technological solutions with a high innovation coefficient with respect to the state of the art. Research projects this sector are continuing in collaboration with MIT in Cambridge, MA (USA). In the context of the possible applications of intermittent renewable or non-programmable energy, such as solar, energy storage (the “Storage” project) aims to ensure continuity in the supply of energy.

 

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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.

  • 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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More efficient solar technologies and sensors

agreement between Eni and CNR as well as the Eni-MIT partnership that began in 2008. The results were published in Nature Materials. Solar devices and sensors will become even more efficient, thanks to [...] framework agreement between Eni and CNR as well as the Eni-MIT partnership that began in ...

17 December 2015 eni.com Section: enipedia

Concentrated solar power

investment costs. Concentrated thermodynamic solar power Energy efficiency and low investment costs. Versatile technology for producing electricity and heat Concentrated solar power (CSP) is a technology at once [...] the Romans at bay and incinerating their ships. Eni is investing in CSP facilities due to the versatility of the underlying technology ...

15 May 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

Solar cells: lighter and more flexible

News Solar cells: lighter and more flexible The 2016 Eni Award is given to Federico Bella for his research on photopolymers for use in third-generation solar cells. Throwing a light on polymerisation The [...] on photopolymerisation as a versatile tool for the preparation of components for third-generation solar cells . Polymers (plastics ...

20 October 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Eni is a partner of the 2012 MIT Europe Energy Conference

focus of the joint research efforts between MIT and Eni is the Solar Frontiers Research Program , which concentrates on the development of advanced solar technologies with the aim of contributing to the transformation [...] research. The centrepiece of this collaboration is the MIT Solar Frontiers Center a programme aimed at developing ...

28 March 2012 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni and MIT: a strategic collaboration delivering energy transition

the same direction as Eni. Projects focused on solar energy In this interview, Massimiliano Pieri describes the work of Solar Frontiers Centres . Launched in 2010 and supported by Eni, they are combined laboratories [...] CO2 emissions - a project that sees MIT increasingly committed to the topics of renewable energy and sustainable ...

25 November 2016 eni.com

Eni Award 2015, Margherita Maiuri. High-speed energy that imitates photosynthesis

developed by Eni. Eni Award 2011 Edition In 2010 Eni Award prizes went to six international research scientists and three projects developed in the Eni laboratories. Eni Award 2010 Edition In 2010 Eni Award [...] Processes pdf 25 KB Read also Eni Award 2014 Edition In 2014 Eni Award prizes went ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: enipedia

High-speed energy that imitates photosynthesis

Nature Materials and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Eni Award The Eni Award is an international competition launched by Eni in 2007 for applied research in the field of energy. It selects the [...] speed energy that imitates photosynthesis In 2015, Margherita Maiuri won an Eni Award for research ...

12 May 2016 eni.com

Eni Award 2012 Edition

in the Eni laboratories. Eni Award 2010 Edition In 2010 Eni Award prizes went to six external research scientists and three projects developed in the Eni laboratories. Eni Award 2009 Edition Eni Award [...] edition is available here. Eni Award 2014 Edition In 2014 Eni Award prizes went to six international ...

2 February 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia

Two young Russians, winners of the Energy of Adventure award, meet researchers from Istituto Eni Donegani, Research Center for Non Conventional Energy

Istituto Eni Donegani. The Center's activities are focused on the Along with Petroleum research program, launched by Eni in 2007, and aimed at achieving technological breakthroughs in the use of solar energy [...] researchers from Istituto Eni Donegani, Research Center for Non Conventional Energy Two young Russians, winners of the ...

19 September 2012 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni Award 2013 Edition

developed by Eni. Eni Award 2011 Edition In 2010 Eni Award prizes went to six international research scientists and three projects developed in the Eni laboratories. Eni Award 2010 Edition In 2010 Eni Award [...] available here. Eni Award 2014 Edition In 2014 Eni Award prizes went to six international research ...

2 February 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia