High specific power batteries for racing applications: The HI-ZEV vehicles

by Fernando Ortenzi, ENEA; Luigi Anniballi, ISAM Motor Center; Pierluigi Antonini, Picchio SpA; Fabio Massimo Frattale Mascioli, POMOS – Sapienza University of Rome

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-040

Within the “Industria 2015” Italian framework program, the HI-ZEV project has the aim to develop two high performance vehicles: the first one full electric, the second one hybrid. This paper deals with the electric energy storage (EES) design and testing of such vehicles. Different applications mean different storage: the hybrid battery storage has been designed to be able to supply the maximum power of the electric motor, without requirements in terms of energy, while the electric has the energy (and range) as main requirement

Organic Light Emitting Diodes, OLEDs. Activities in the ENEA Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Devices

by Maria Grazia Maglione, Paolo Tassini, Claudia Diletto and Carla Minarini, ENEA

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-039

Lighting has a central role in human activities and is being recognized its importance for the health and wellbeing of human beings. Therefore, efficient light sources are mandatory for their effective use in everyday life and to reduce the electrical energy that lighting uses nowadays. The OLEDs can be one of the key responses to this demand because of their peculiar properties. ENEA NANO Laboratory is actively working on this technology, collaborating with companies to bring it to the market

Energy consumption and energy efficiency in the residential sector: A joint analysis by administrative and survey data

by Alessandro Federici, Chiara Martini, Mario Nocera and Giovanni Puglisi, ENEA; Valentina Talucci and Paola Ungaro, Istat

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-038

The article analyzes the investments in energy efficiency by Italian families through a joint reading of sample data on energy consumption of households and administrative data on various incentive mechanisms in the residential sector

Bioenergy, biorefineries and green chemistry: ENEA projects to advance a more sustainable economy

by Giacobbe Braccio, Giacinto Cornacchia, Isabella De Bari and Vito Pignatelli, ENEA

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-036

With the widespread use of biomass for energy purposes, Italy is one of the leading countries engaged to  exploit this potential renewable source for the production of bio-based products including chemicals, polymers, materials, feed and bioenergy, pursuing a cascading approach (biorefinery). It is true that substantial breakthrough have been achieved but the fact remains that R&D efforts are still necessary to address both technological and non-technological barriers. Development and demonstration of qualified innovative processes, technologies and components for the generation of both electric and thermal power in small-sized plants and the production of second-generation biofuels and sustainable biobased products, are the main challenges that needs to be addressed. In the above context, ENEA, in cooperation with both national and international stakeholders, has a number of R&D activities and a strategic projects portfolio. The focal point of ENEA’s activities as well as brief description of some prototype technologies, are described in the present communication

Divertor Test Tokamak: An Italian proposal to pave the path to Nuclear Fusion resource

by Flavio Crisanti, Lori Gabellieri and Angelo Antonio Tuccillo, ENEA

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-035

Nuclear Fusion, once realized, would have the advantages to ensure sustainability and security of supply, no production of greenhouse gases, intrinsic safety; environmentally responsible. Italy plays an acknowledged role in international nuclear fusion research, strengthened in the years thanks to educational and training actions of universities and research institutions as well as to a fruitful involvement of the national industries. The proposal for the realization of a Divertor Tokamak Test Facility in Italy has been brought forward backed by the Italian Fusion scientific and technological community in the field of EU Fusion Program

Experimental and numerical investigations on renewable energies at CNR-INSEAN: Challenges and future perspectives

by Danilo Calcagni, Giuseppina Colicchio, Luca Greco, Federico Porcacchia, Claudio Testa, Stefano Zaghi, CNR-INSEAN, Marine Technology Research Institute

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-029

The exploitation of renewable energies from the oceans requires an interdisciplinary approach to solve all the problems linked to a hostile environment and to the need to limit the frequency of operations and maintenance processes. The development of renewable energies from the sea relies not only on classical mechanical, electrical, electronics, control and systems engineering but also on material engineering and on hydrodynamics and fluid structure interaction science. CNR-INSEAN contributes to the latter two

Smart grid and Super grid

by Giorgio Graditi, ENEA

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-027

Traditional electrical grids are not able anymore to support the needs of a rapidly evolving electricity sector. The convergence of many factors –including the generation of electricity from renewable sources and distributed generation as a whole– promotes the development of smart grids and the related continental interconnections, the super grids

The role of women in the clean energy transition

by Alicia Mignone, Chair of the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-026

The paper presents a new Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) on the role that women can play in the energy transition, named Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E TCP). Launched by Canada, Sweden and Italy, the initiative is under the International Energy Agency (IEA) legal framework. The background, the rationale for creating an IEA TCP as well as the program of work will be described

SINERGIA and AGRICARE: two European projects on energy efficiency in the agrifood and agriculture sector

by Marco Meggiolaro, EURIS Srl, Maurizio Notarfonso, Federalimentare Servizi Srl, Federica Colucci, Francesca Zinni, Ombretta Presenti and Massimo Iannetta, ENEA

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-037

Advantages coming from technological competences are a specific feature of the competitive processes of the industrialised world, since the development potential of advanced Countries depends on their ability to continuously innovate production systems

The ENEA solar compass: How to catch more Sun by using the Sun

by Francesco Flora*, ENEA

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-034

The ENEA solar compass is 100 times more precise than magnetic compasses. It is an innovative, useful and cost-effective tool in several fields: concentrating solar power plants, environmental survey, civil engineering, radar installation, accurate measurements of the magnetic declination, remote control of robot navigation, primary standard for calibration of other compasses, reference compass for transportation means, easy installation of domestic solar devices, and educational tool

On June 30, 2016, the first STEM® (Solar Thermo Electric Magaldi) industrial model plant started operations in San Filippo del Mela (Sicily). This Concentrating Solar Power system with Thermal Energy Storage represents a “disruptive” technology because it’s able to collect solar energy – through a solar field made of heliostats – and convert it into thermal energy to be stored and extracted when desired. Installed in the Integrated Energy Pole of the A2A Group – the largest Italian multi-utility in the energy sector – this plant is the first one worldwide using sand as Thermal Energy Storage

Tuscan Geothermal energy, when underground resources are a development leverage for territories

by Loredana Torsello, CoSviG and DTE2V, Riccardo Basosi, Università di Siena and DTE2V, Dario Bonciani and Sergio Chiacchella, CoSviG

DOI 10.12910/EAI2017-031

An important example of territories pursuing their own development model, which meets life quality, conservation of the environmental and cultural heritage and new technologies, thanks to agreements between territories and the industrial subject


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Smart city

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Patrimonio culturale

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Uomini e insetti

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Efficienza Energetica

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Dopo la COP21


by Ilaria Bertini and Michele Marrocco
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