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.



  • 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. From Eni research on LSC comes the new Eni Ray Plus® technology.

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Concentrated solar power

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15 May 2017 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 Section: Innovation

Innovation for Energy

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1 January 2016 Section: media

Progetto Italia

installing solar panels on 400 hectares, generating renewable energy and creating new employment opportunities. The energy generated will predominantly be used at our own industrial sites. The project involves [...] taking form. In collaboration with Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE), Eni has launched an industrial redevelopment and reclamation project through Syndial ...

9 May 2018 Section: operations

Eni and MIT: a strategic collaboration delivering energy transition

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25 November 2016 Section: Innovation

Eni's sustainability projects in Kenya

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30 August 2017 Section: enipedia

Light in Dadaab: talking about energy supplies

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19 May 2017 Section: media

Eni’s operations: mission, challenges and exploratory successes

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High-speed energy that imitates photosynthesis

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Eni’s sustainability project in Congo

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12 May 2016 Section: enipedia

Eni and MIT: forging ahead together to produce the energy of the future

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1 January 2016 Section: media

Research alliances and collaborations

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3 July 2018 Section: Innovation

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Eni’s sustainability projects in Angola

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12 May 2016 Section: enipedia

Eni in Kenya

exploration and projects for the territory Through its subsidiary Eni Kenya, Eni has operated three blocks in the country's deep offshore since 2012. It's an area bordering Somali waters at depths ranging [...] FOCUS ON Eni in Kenya Our activities in the country are still in their early stages ...

18 May 2017 Section: media

Eni’s sustainability projects in Pakistan

licenses. Before initiating any activity or project, Eni Pakistan and its contractors contact the area's stakeholders to provide information about the project and identify possible impacts on local communities, [...] drinking water, built by Eni Pakistan. Moreover, in Bhit and Badhra, we have installed a system of solar panels at ...

12 May 2016 Section: enipedia