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

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.

  • 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.

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Eni-MIT Upstream

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Eni education for schools

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Syndial

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Eni Award 2017

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Eni and MIT together for fusion power

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Supply and trading of Eni products

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Eni Award 2011 Edition

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Eni Award 2008 Edition

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

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