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.

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 Section: Innovation

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 [...] level of education to provide them with greater opportunities. In total the Dadaab project has seen more than 40kW of ...

19 May 2017 Section: media

Eni’s operations: mission, challenges and exploratory successes

accidents UPSTREAM FPSO N' Goma - West Hub Project Armada Olombendo - East Hub Development Project Load out - Jangkrik Complex Project Goliat, the Giant - IV The start of the production A record breaking field [...] Mediterranean Sea; on Nooros, offshore in the Nile Delta; and in the Republic of Congo on the Nené ...

10 August 2017 Section: operations

Eni's sustainability projects in Kenya

of sustainable energy (such as solar power) to educational facilities currently without an electricity supply and technological educational devices. Thanks to the project, since December 2016, two schools [...] activities. Computers were delivered as well as the power supply. In total the Dadaab project has seen more than 40kW of solar ...

30 August 2017 Section: enipedia

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 Section: Innovation


technological solutions for producing energy from renewables (such as photovoltaics and highly-concentrated solar power). In 2016, we identified and launched projects to generate energy from renewables at our plants [...] based on photovoltaics, but with time we will implement other technologies, including concentrated solar power. 09/14/2017 - 12:00 PM ...

14 September 2017 Section: operations

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 Section: Innovation

Energy and renewable sources: Eni’s projects

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 Section: Innovation

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

technology to ensure workers' safety in risky environments. 2015 Full-size prototype of a concentrated solar power (CSP) system created in collaboration with Milan Polytechnic University. 2016 Renewal of the strategic

1 January 2016 Section: media

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 Section: Innovation