For Eni technological innovation is a key element in making access to new energy resources, improving the use of existing resources and, at the same time, reducing environmental impact both efficient and effective.

Technological innovation

2015 2016 2017
R&D expenditure(¹) (€ million) 176 161 185
First patent filing applications (number) 33 40 27
- of which filed on renewable sources (number) 16 12 11

(¹) Net of general and administrative costs

Source: Integrated Annual Report 2017


  • 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.

  • Ecofining™

    Developed by Eni and tested in its laboratories, it allows the production of high-quality sustainable biofuels, while reducing particulate emissions and improving engine efficiency, in line with current legislation and European directives. Eni’s innovative Ecofining™ technology has been applied to the catalytic hydrodesulphurisation section of the refinery in Venice where, since 2014, Eni has been manufacturing its new Eni Diesel +, the fuel with the largest organic and renewable component (15%), the use of which has demonstrated a significant reduction in pollutant emissions.

  • HPC

    At its Green Data Centre in Ferrera Erbognone (in the province of Pavia), Eni has added a new HPC4 (High Performance Computing) super computer, to provide strategic support to the company’s process of digital transformation across the entire value chain, from the exploration and development phase of oil and gas reservoirs, to the management of the big data generated in the operational phase by all our productive assets (upstream, refining and petrochemicals). HPC4 has a peak performance of 18.6 PetaFlop/s which, combined with the supercomputing system already in operation (HPC3), increases Eni’s computational peak capacity to 22.4 PFlop/s. The new mainframe quadruples the power of the entire Green Data Center infrastructure in Ferrara Erbognone making it the most powerful mainframe in the world, when looking at industries, and the fourth system in the world in terms of energy efficiency (PetaFlop/MegaWatt). Thanks to HPC4 in May 2018 Eni has achieved breakthrough in Oil & Gas reservoir numerical modeling: it executed 100,000 high-resolution reservoir model simulation runs, taking into account geological uncertainties, in a record time of 15 hours. In comparison, most reservoir engineers in the industry can run just one single simulation run in a few hours with CPU-based hardware and software.

  • 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.

New offshore technologies for oil & gas industry

A new study shows that the oil and gas industry could unlock more than $1bn of revenues by developing technologies to inspect offshore infrastructure. Which technologies are these? Where are they being built.? The oil and gas industry could generate an extra $1 billion in revenues if it were to ...


New solar energy technologies

project (OPV) is one of the most innovative technologies to arise from the partnership between Eni and MIT. There are numerous and varied fields where OPV technology can be applied : from its integration into [...] technological fields 40 projects launched across a wide variety of technological fields 25 papers released on ...

6 July 2017 Section: Innovation

Technology Research and Innovation

into the future Research propels us into the future In our laboratories we develop new technologies, such as waste-to-fuel; new ideas, such as the bio-refinery at Porto Marghera; and collaborative ventures, [...] objectives. ENERGY TRANSITION Emission-reducing technologies In this video, Paolo Pollesel describes Eni's Energy Transition R&D programme, which ...

1 January 2016 Section: Innovation

Production and reserves of mineral deposits

wells to develop each oil field - with obvious economic benefits and a lower environmental impact. To do this, Eni designs, implements and completes production wells using the latest technology, which makes [...] surface and processed - with economic technologies - relative to the total volume of hydrocarbons in the pores of the reservoir ...

12 May 2016 Section: Innovation

Eni-MIT Upstream

in the Upstream sector The technology developed as a result of collaboration enhances our portfolio of projects. Eni-MIT: research in the Upstream sector The technology developed as a result of collaboration [...] Thanks to our technology we have identified fields such as Coral and Zohr and built Goliat. As well as ...

7 July 2017 Section: Innovation

Exploration and research of hydrocarbons

Eni has developed appropriate technologies to improve the accuracy of subsurface investigation techniques to identify new opportunities . There are two main areas which are constantly being developed through [...] environments. Successful Exploration Eni develops cutting-edge technology for oil exploration, key to its success in the discovery of new fields in extreme ...

12 May 2016 Section: Innovation

An agreement to bolster sustainable mobility

Innovative technology to reduce emissions The partnership between Eni and FCA involves various projects: Devices and technologies developed in collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for [...] Developing adsorbed natural gas (ANG) technologies and materials, leading to improvements in the technology used for compressed natural gas in the automotive field ...

21 November 2017 Section: media

Renewable Energy and Environmental R&D Center

applied research in the fields of renewables and the environment. Renewable energy and Environment At our laboratory in Novara we develop revolutionary new applications for the new generation of renewables [...] laboratories in the world in its field. The laboratory also collaborates with leading international research institutions, including MIT - Massachusetts Institute ...

8 February 2018 Section: Innovation

Feeling safe! Safety++, wearable technology designed for personal safety

Wearable Technologies by Eni&MIT Safety++ Jacket - Wearable Technologies by Eni&MIT Safety++ H&S Ecosystem - Mesh Network Safety++ H&S Ecosystem - Carabiner Safety++ Shoes - Wearable Technologies by Eni&MIT [...] have been applied to develop a range of prototypes aimed at detecting such risks to help tackle them quickly. Known ...

6 December 2016 Section: Innovation


environmental impact remediation technologies. We oversee pilot testing in the field and the development of hydrological modelling and environmental impact studies. We also develop decommissioning projects for [...] part of its remediation activities, new technologies with lower impact on the environment to guarantee remediation objectives. For this purpose the company has ...

12 May 2016 Section: enipedia


Cost control Cost estimating. Technologies and Innovative Projects EniProgetti is committed to the consolidation and enhancement of innovative technologies in the field of exploration, production, treatment, [...] (security systems, monitoring and deep water drilling) Engineering (validation of new technologies applicable in the field, ultra deep water, innovative completion-Xtree systems) Production (asset ...

10 July 2018 Section: enipedia

Eni’s activities in Norway

drilling and production start-up of two new injection wells and an additional production well of the Goliat field. The final investment decision (FID) of the Johan Castberg field (Eni's interest 30%) was sanctioned. [...] production licenses. The main producing field is the Great Ekofisk Area (Eni's interest 12.39 ...

12 May 2016 Section: enipedia

Local Content: the new Mattei Formula

Local Content: the new Mattei Formula Eni's presence in less industrialised countries offers great development opportunities across the entire socio-economic spectrum. Local content is the added value [...] knowledge the reinforcement of communities' skills assets. This method is rooted in the formula first developed by Enrico Mattei and remembered as ...

28 June 2018 Section: Sustainability

The production activities of Eni oil fields

million boe/day by developing the projects in its portfolio. Yield and progress We are always looking for new sources of our energy. Hydrocarbon production in 2017 grew by 5.3 per cent 1 compared to 2016. Our [...] stories In 2017, we produced 1.82 million boe/day of hydrocarbons ...

11 May 2018 Section: operations

Oil & Gas laboratory of San Donato Milanese

liquids produced at our fields, to provide the necessary data for all of our research work. This is also the laboratory where we developed technologies such as Eni Slurry Technology (EST) - which produces [...] services to the business lines. From fields to bio-fuels At our San Donato laboratory in Milan our ...

12 May 2016 Section: Innovation

Performance and investments

invest in technology and boost capacity to develop our assets by making the best possible use of the skills and resources we possess . Our resilience has enabled us to bring some of our fields to full production [...] difficult conditions, we have chosen to invest in technologies and we foster our ...

27 April 2018 Section: operations

The new celebrates its first birthday

The new celebrates its first birthday Focus on The new celebrates its first birthday Data analysis and AskNow: how our digital communications strategy has changed. The energy of connections, [...] connections, one year on: listening and responding In June 2016, we launched a brand-new communications strategy ...

7 June 2017 Section: media

Biodiversity: protection of water

were due to new projects and reinjection in the Mboundi field and the reinjection of those in the Zatchi and Loango fields, following revamping activities. Efficiency is expected to increase in new development [...] Eni US Operating Company - Nikaitchuq field (Alaska) and Gulf of Mexico; IEOC - Egypt, Abu Madi, Nidoco, Baltim ...

6 July 2018 Section: Sustainability

Biorefineries: green transformation projects

A new lease of life for refining Sustainability and the environment: green refineries and new fuels. A new lease of life for refining Sustainability and the environment: green refineries and new fuels. [...] Eni is looking into new technologies to reduce GHG emissions from transport, playing a leading role in developing ...

27 June 2018 Section: operations

Climate change and new forms of energy

Green chemistry: new bio-based product platform Research and development Development of innovative, transversal solutions for all corporate activity, leveraging proprietary technologies Development of technologies [...] gas emissions. "Continuing to provide the energy the world needs". In addition to investments in technologies, OGCI is promoting scientific studies to fill the knowledge gap ...

12 May 2016 Section: Sustainability

The exploration model and projects

allowing the company to exploit the full near-field exploration potential of an extremely fruitful area. Near field exploration - exploration next to production fields : working in synergy with existing plants, [...] in Indonesia. Thanks to Eni's `near-field exploration' strategy, the FPU can be used as a hub not only ...

8 June 2018 Section: operations