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18/2/2013

Innovation: ENEA launches 'KEP', a collaboration project for business competitiveness

An ENEA, CNA, Confapi, Confartigianato, Confindustria, Unioncamere initiative - A 2.5 million fund. Strengthening growth and competitiveness of Italian companies with tailor-made innovative solutions, the advice of dedicated researchers and cutting-edge infrastructures. It’s the objective of the ENEA Knowledge Exchange Program (KEP) which provides companies and their associations with a team of 15 'innovation ambassadors' specialized in technology transfer, a 2.5 million euro fund for the development of joint projects and a dedicated portal -www.kep.enea.it- with a selection of advanced technologies and services for which registration is already open.

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Environment: ENEA enters EU Copernicus Programme for air quality forecasting

ENEA enters the EU Copernicus Programme for monitoring air pollution with the Modeling System MINNI, with the task of contributing to the forecasting of the composition of the atmosphere in Europe, collaborating with nine other models developed by European research institutes. The system MINNI[1] will develop maps of air concentration levels of particulates (PM10 and PM2.5) and gases (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and ozone) and later of pollen (grass, birch, olive and ambrosia) and secondary components of PM2.5.

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Environment: Here comes the "virtual gardener", designing green spaces

An innovative and easy-to-use tool for designing green areas with Italian flora species, identifying the most suitable ones with respect to the geographical area and the environmental characteristics. It's called Anthosart Green Tool and it’s the outcome of an homonym project coordinated by ENEA, targeted at reducing the costs of managing green areas and water consumption, as well as discovering possible alternative uses of plants in food and crafts and their links with art, literature, music and territory.

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Cultural Heritage: Orvieto Cathedral, ENEA anti-seismic bases end a 120-year exile for Baroque statues

An evolution of the technology previously employed by ENEA for the Riace Bronzes. After a 120-year “exile” the Annunciation group , formed of two statues made in the early 600’s by Francesco Mochi, returns to the Orvieto Cathedral thanks to Opera del Duomo, the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Umbria, the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration and ENEA, which has created two innovative anti-seismic bases to protect the statues, similar to what was done for the Riace Bronzes in the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria.

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Energy: MEDENER, Giorgio Graditi (ENEA) new President

Giorgio Graditi (ENEA) has been elected President of MEDENER for the two-year period 2019-2020, with the unanimous vote of the general assembly of the association which comprises the agencies of the Mediterranean Countries engaged in the field of energy efficiency and renewable sources. Graditi, 50, Head of the ENEA Division "Solar thermal, Thermodynamic and Smart Network", succeeds Dario Chello, Head of the ENEA Office "European Union and International Organizations" in 2017-18.

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Research: Neurodegenerative diseases, new theurapeutic opportunities from modified melanin

New therapeutic opportunities for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson from an all-italian research team - ENEA, Federico II University and CNR – whose findings were published by the international scientific journal "Frontiers in Chemistry". The researchers succeded in turning melanin - the substance that naturally colors skin, hair and eyes - into a conductor of electricity by boosting its electric conductivity a billion-fold, so as to make electrodes that can stimulate damaged nerve tissue or command artificial limb.

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Food: From microbiomes innovative solutions improving food chains

Improve productivity, quality and sustainability of food chains using a "microbiome", i.e. the complex of microbial communities and their genomic outcomes. This is the goal of the European project SIMBA, funded by the program Horizon 2020, in which participate ENEA and other 22 partners among European companies and research institutes coordinated by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute (LUKE).

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Organic farming: Paving the way for new bioinsecticides

Researchers at the ENEA Trisaia Center in Basilicata are studying the environmental impact of new-generation biopesticides capable of "silencing" specific insect genes causing damage to crops. Conducted as part of the European project "iPlanta", coordinated by the Polytechnic University of the Marches, this research foresees tests on the interaction between insects treated with the innovative biopesticide and their natural predators used in integrated pest control, which is a type of agriculture characterized by a drastic reduction of pesticides.

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Energy: The EU project WinWind discusses social acceptance issues at the ENEA Headquarters in Rome

Identifying strategies to enhance the socially inclusive market uptake of wind energy has been the focus of the 2nd Thematic Workshop on “Wind energy - Instruments and benefits for local communities” recently organized by the Italian WinWind project partners ENEA and EcoAzioni. In total, 25 stakeholders attended the event at the ENEA Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Energy: Italy, in 2018 consumption still increasing (+ 1%), transport’s share on the rise

Energy consumption still on the rise in 2018 in Italy (+ 1% as compared to the previous year), driven by transport, while hydroelectric production surged (+ 31%) gas consumption and carbon dioxide emissions fell (- 3.3%) and (-2%) respectively. This is what emerges from the ENEA quarterly analysis of the Italian energy system, also showing for the entire 2018 stronger signs of criticality, starting with the decline, for the first time in 10 years, of wind and photovoltaic energy production (-3%). Furthermore, there remains a large share of fossil fuels, equal to 75% of the total, while green sources account for 20% of the energy mix (one percentage point more than in 2017).

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Research: Project for a European excellence in supercomputing applications

Creating a network of coordination and information exchange among all the main supercomputing centers of excellence in Europe (CoE). This is the objective of the project FocusCoE, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program to promote European leadership in supercomputing applications in the sectors of renewable energy, materials design and modeling, climate change, bio-molecular research and development of tools to increase supercomputer efficiency.

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