The MIT Europe 2012 will be held on 28 and 29 March 2012 in Rome, at the Hotel St. Regis.
Technological innovation has always been at the heart of Eni’s sustainable strategy. The focus of the joint research efforts between MIT and Eni is the Solar Frontiers Research Program, which concentrates on the development of advanced solar technologies with the aim of contributing to the transformation of the global energy system and helping to build a bridge to the future.
With the signing, in 2008 in Cambridge (Massachusetts), of the agreement between Eni and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT President Susan Hockfield and Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni embarked on a strategic collaboration in the field of energy and scientific research.
The centrepiece of this collaboration is the a programme aimed at developing advanced solar technologies, with Eni, which has become a Founding Member of MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), supporting 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 and advanced technologies. Eni's commitment to the development frontier initiatives in 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 current limits of efficiency and cost of solar technologies, using very thin layers of innovative materials assembled devices built on a nanometric scale
- luminescent solar concentrators: the study has examined the use of materials that can change the light radiation incidence in a solar system to increase absorbtion
- solar energy and biomimetic approaches: this activity aims to create materials inspired by natural processes, such as shell formation in many species of molluscs. The expectation is to be able to produce self-assembling materials using potentially simple and low cost processes.
- Artificial photosynthesis: or how to reproduce and improve the system of absorption, utilization and storage of solar energy used by plants: the study aims to realise efficient and low cost devices for splitting the water molecule into its components - oxygen and hydrogen
- new materials for energy: this project will develop a computational system capable of selecting materials with the best characteristics for applications in the field of energy, in particular the exploitation of solar energy
- a new approach to solar concentration: the aim is to find innovative solutions in the design of systems based on thermal solar systems.
As a Founding Member of the MITEI, Eni will also fund a number of the Institute’s research projects in the field of the energy, ranging from oil and gas to methane hydrates and alternatives for the global transport sector.