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

Renewable Energies

The development of renewable energy in the countries in which Eni operates is a key element in the energy transition process towards a low-carbon scenario. Thanks to renewables, it is possible to integrate fossil sources in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable way. Conscious that the obstacle to overcome is their competitiveness compared with traditional energy sources, Eni is investing in systems to increase efficiency and flexibility in order to multiply the possible applications. Research projects, carried out in collaboration with international centres of excellence, also through the scientific network linked to the Eni Award, are mainly focused on solar and biomass.

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Development of green investments

Contacts Development of green investments We aim to promote the development of renewable energies, supporting their spread in the countries in which we operate and stimulating technological research. Claudio Descalzi Industrial scale renewable energy projects Increased commitment on renewables is expected in 2018-2021, with an investment in profitable projects of ...

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The world largest solar plant in India

Solar is hot in India right now. With the country already having reaffirmed its Paris commitments , the World Economic Forum (WEF) has confidently been reporting that India might be set for a solar boom and recent events certainly seem to support that view. Last year, India became home to the ...

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Al #meeting17 alcune delle ricerche sviluppate dal "Centro Ricerche per le energie rinnovabili e l'ambiente" di Novara per la cattura dell'energia solare e la produzione di energia elettrica.

New solar energy technologies

cells. The aim of the project is to create solar panels using polymers instead of silicon, thereby making them cheaper and more versatile. Eni's advanced Organic PhotoVoltaic project (OPV) is one of the [...] about the project she worked on. She and her team have perfected the technology for organic ...

6 July 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

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 versatility of the underlying technology, which can turn solar energy into both electricity and thermal energy . It also provides a low- ...

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

The path to decarbonization

generation of solar cells , which are made from non-polluting organic materials and printed on film as thin as newsprint. To harness the sun's potential they are testing luminescent solar concentrators [...] that is based on 4 main drivers: the reduction of direct GHG emissions, in all our activities, a low- ...

18 July 2018 eni.com Section: operations

Our strategy for renewables: the "Progetto Italia" - Project Italy

Contacts Our strategy for renewables: the "Progetto Italia" - Project Italy The project involves the construction of large-scale generating capacity from renewable sources on industrial areas available [...] projects will generate photovoltaic energy, but other technologies - such as biomass and/or concentrating solar power (CSP) - have not been ruled out. Over the ...

12 April 2018 eni.com

The rebirth of Ponticelle

are the subject of the reclamation project 72 acres of which 26 acres are the subject of the reclamation project 27 acres used for a solar park 27 acres used for a solar park ~5 acres used for the Reclamation [...] An integrated project to revitalise the area Eni's formula ...

11 June 2018 eni.com Section: operations

Research alliances and collaborations

numerous patent applications. In 2010, this relationship produced the Solar Frontiers Center, a centre of excellence for Eni research on solar technologies, one of the most important results of this alliance. [...] advanced parabolic collector has been developed for concentrating solar power that is currently at an advanced stage. Concentrating solar ...

3 July 2018 eni.com Section: Innovation

Innovation for Energy

can saw at close hand Eni's portfolio of project designs for renewable energies and energy efficiency. The two main themes are digital life and a solar-driven project. people took part last year 511 contributed [...] Center Eni's centre of excellence for technological innovation presents "solar-driven projects"-revolutionary ...

1 January 2016 eni.com 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 [...] reclamation project through Syndial , which it entrusted to FAI in 2017. With a maximum power capacity of 26 MWp and an ...

9 May 2018 eni.com Section: operations

Energy and renewable sources: Eni’s projects

this in mind, in solar we are focusing on systems that use less polluting materials, can be produced at lower cost and are more easily integrated into buildings - such as organic solar cells and luminescent [...] sectors on which our research is focused are solar and biomass, because we believe they ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Eni's sustainability projects in Kenya

in the design of a fully-sustainable, solar-powered reverse-osmosis unit capable of producing around 20,000 litres per day. The direct beneficiaries of the project are members of the Siyu community - an [...] of sustainable energy (such as solar power) to educational facilities currently without an electricity supply and technological educational ...

30 August 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia

Volume 2 – World Gas and Renewables Review 2017

Pacific. At the end of 2016, solar and wind installed capacities accounted for almost 40% of all renewables installed power capacity. China leads the market for solar and wind. Solar and wind contributions to [...] (about 15% of all power sources). China leads the market for solar and wind with an ...

29 October 2017 eni.com Section: company

Light in Dadaab: talking about energy supplies

the provision of sustainable energy (such as solar power) to educational facilities currently without an electricity supply . The executive analysis of the project, carried out in collaboration with the AVSI [...] Kenya to install the first solar power systems at Friends Primary School in the Ifo camp and Bidii Primary School ...

19 May 2017 eni.com Section: media

Energy After Energy: from the present to the future of energy

environment and safety at work. Discover what we do VIDEO Solar Tree The prototype tree, made with OPV leaves, collects and accumulates solar energy, transforming it into electricity to power small devices [...] We are focusing on systems that use fewer polluting materials and can be produced at lower cost. Luminescent ...

1 April 2016 eni.com Section: media

Eni and MIT: a strategic collaboration delivering energy transition

example methane) reducing CO 2 emissions. 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 [...] we produce and consume energy. The majority of our projects are focused on renewables (particularly solar power), but our ...

25 November 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

High-speed energy that imitates photosynthesis

imitates photosynthesis In 2015, Margherita Maiuri won an Eni Award for research into the transfer of solar radiation in natural and artificial light-harvesting farms. (In Italian olny) Transferring energy [...] energy more quickly The Debut in Research Award went to Margherita Maiuri for the research project Ultrafast Energy and Electron Transfer ...

12 May 2016 eni.com

The Hinda Integrated Project: our commitment to provide access to drinking water

Hinda Integrated Project: our commitment to provide access to drinking water Our commitment to provide access to drinking water for local communities is a fundamental part of a wider project being undertaken [...] partnership with local and national authorities, the population and NGOs . A project in two phases Split into two ...

16 January 2017 eni.com Section: media

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

video in which the winner explains the project with which he participated in the Eni Awards profile of the winner, downloadable in PDF the winning research project, downloadable in PDF The Debut in Research [...] Research Award went to Margherita Maiuri for the research project Ultrafast Energy and Electron Transfer Processes ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni’s sustainability projects in Angola

of electricity. The study carried out provided the design of a photovoltaic solar plant which by means of an accumulation of solar energy in batteries, would be able to guarantee the lighting of the centre, [...] potential of these training courses carried out thanks to this social project. The second phase ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: enipedia

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

2008 First solar cell based on nanostructures (quantum dots) developed in the laboratory. 2009 Solar Frontiers Center unveiled in Cambridge (Masachusetts), promoting research into advanced solar technology [...] photovolstaic materials to the production of hydrogen from solar energy. 2010 Low-temperature technology with a low environmental impact used to create solar cells ...

1 January 2016 eni.com Section: media