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.

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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New solar energy technologies

Eni's talent applied to renewables: an unbeatable combination with innovation at its heart.

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Eni’s commitment to renewables

Eni promotes the development of renewable energies by investing resources in research and development activities.

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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. Scopri di più su Iscriviti alla newsletter di per conoscere le ultime uscite Iscriviti al nostro canale YouTube ———————— Vuoi saperne di più sulle attività di Eni e sul mondo oil&gas? Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: Flickr: Google+:

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 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

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 [...] modifications - to achieve high efficiency solar devices, by using the same process of capturing light in natural photosynthesis." Eni has therefore promoted ...

17 December 2015 Section: enipedia

Eni is a partner of the 2012 MIT Europe Energy Conference

the field of renewable energy - particularly solar energy - is an important part of this project. The programme focuses on six areas: nanotechnology and solar energy : an advanced approach to overcome the [...] current limits of efficiency and cost of solar technologies, using very thin layers of innovative materials assembled devices built ...

28 March 2012 Section: enipedia

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 [...] in Novara Eni's centre of excellence for technological innovation presents "solar-driven projects ...

1 January 2016 Section: media

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

Our strategy for renewables: the "Progetto Italia" - Project Italy The project aims to enhance the Syndial industrial areas, not currently in use or economically unattractive. We invest in the country [...] projects will be photovoltaic, but other technologies (biomass and/or solar concentration) have not been excluded. In total, the project ...

12 May 2016 Section: media

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 Section: Innovation

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 Section: company

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 Section: enipedia

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 Section: media