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.

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

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 both [...] Unit, takes us on a trip around a CSP plant and reveals its secrets. How do CSP plants work? Solar power plants ...

15 May 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

Eni and MIT: a strategic collaboration delivering energy transition

produce and consume energy. The majority of our projects are focused on renewables (particularly solar power), but our collaboration with MIT also involves other topics of significant environmental value [...] applications in the field of health, safety and the environment. The latter includes the Safety++ project, designed to improve employees' safety ...

25 November 2016 eni.com

Research alliances and collaborations

advanced parabolic collector has been developed for concentrating solar power that is currently at an advanced stage. Concentrating solar power (CSP) The sun's radiation is concentrated on a high thermal capacity

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Renewable Energy

solar cells and luminescent solar concentrators. The former make it possible to obtain film for solar power generation using normal printing methods; the latter to generate electricity by coloured and transparent

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Innovation

Eni-MIT Upstream

technology we have identified fields such as Coral and Zohr and built Goliat. As well as research into solar power, the partnership between Eni and MIT has led to technologies relevant to the upstream sector. Enhanced

7 July 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

Eni partner–Mostra Convegno Agroenergia 2012

Tortona , the most important renewable energy for agriculture event in Italy: biofuels, biogas, solar power. As the focal point for the most advanced experience in the sector, the Mostra Convegno Agroenergia

27 February 2012 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni’s sustainability project in Congo

Eni's sustainability project in Congo Eni's sustainability project in Congo Overview In detail: the initiatives of the integrated Hinda project (PIH) Eni's support in the country for access to energy [...] The Salissa Mwana Project pdf 1 MB The Integrated Hinda Project pdf 1 MB Sustainable development projects ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni is a partner of the 2012 MIT Europe Energy Conference

a series of the institute's research projects. The collaboration with MIT is part of an important project that Eni began in late 2006 with the aim of achieving in the long-term a leadership in innovation [...] initiatives in the field of renewable energy - particularly solar energy - is an important part ...

28 March 2012 eni.com Section: enipedia

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 Award 2013 Edition

Research project by Rajamani Krishna pdf 189 KB Biography of Philip G. Jessop pdf 87 KB Research project by Philip G. Jessop pdf 72 KB Biography of Frances H. Arnold pdf 129 KB Research project by Frances [...] Research project by James C. Liao pdf 74 KB Biography of Roberto Danovaro ...

2 February 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia