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.

New solar energy technologies

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Our commitment to renewables

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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

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 [...] is investing in CSP facilities due to the versatility of the underlying technology, which can turn solar energy into both electricity and ...

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 [...] of the joint research efforts between MIT and Eni is the Solar Frontiers Research Program , which concentrates on the ...

28 March 2012 Section: enipedia

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

Eni’s sustainability projects in Angola

of electricity. The study carried out provided the design of a photovoltaic solar plant which by means of an accumulation of solar energy in batteries, would be able to guarantee the lighting of the centre, [...] potential of these training courses carried out thanks to this social project. The second phase ...

12 May 2016 Section: enipedia

Two young Russians, winners of the Energy of Adventure award, meet researchers from Istituto Eni Donegani, Research Center for Non Conventional Energy

program, launched by Eni in 2007, and aimed at achieving technological breakthroughs in the use of solar energy and biomass - which Eni believes to be the renewable sources with the greatest potential for [...] University, while Egor Goloshov has a particular interest in renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar ...

19 September 2012 Section: enipedia


of joint studies by Eni and MIT: solar energy through the glass of the future. LSC: Intelligent Windows LSC technology is the result of joint studies by Eni and MIT: solar energy through the glass of the [...] presented at the most recent Maker Faire in Rome and is one possible ...

6 July 2017 Section: Innovation