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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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

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

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

Renewable Energy

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

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 ...

12 May 2016 Section: Innovation

Eni and MIT: a strategic collaboration delivering energy transition

programmes to follow 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 [...] we produce and consume energy. The majority of our projects are focused on renewables (particularly solar power ...

25 November 2016

High-speed energy that imitates photosynthesis

transfer of solar radiation in natural and artificial light-harvesting farms. Transferring energy more quickly The Debut in Research Award went to Margherita Maiuri for the research project Ultrafast Energy [...] Maiuri's theory considers the early photo-induced mechanisms that govern the collection and transfer of solar radiation in natural and artificial ...

12 May 2016

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 Section: enipedia

The Eni Research Centre for Renewable Energies and Environment on the front page of Macromolecules

Renewable Energies and Environment discuss issues related to accessibility and cost of synthetic polymer semiconductors in organic solar cells. The title "All That Glisters Is Not Gold " (Shakespeare, The Merchant [...] Glisters Is Not Gold": An Analysis of the Synthetic Complexity of Efficient Polymer Donors for Polymer Solar Cells by Riccardo ...

12 February 2015 Section: enipedia