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18/2/2013

Energy: Italy, record for wind and solar, consumption and emissions down (-3%)

In the first quarter of the year, ISPRED index back in positive territory. A significant leap forward in electricity production from wind and solar energy, which marked a + 24% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period of 2018; hydroelectric production fell sharply (-12%) as well as energy consumption (-3%) and carbon dioxide emissions (-3%). This is the scenario outlined by the Quarterly ENEA Quarterly Analysis of the Italian Energy System, which shows that in the first quarter of 2019, non-programmable renewable sources reached 15.2% of electricity generation, reaching the historical maximum of 15.4% of the second half of 2016.

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Energy: ENEA, with ecobonus 3.3 billion investments in 2018, 39 billions since 2007

Testa: “Possible quality leap with the ecobonus for condos”. Investments for over 39 billion euro in energy redevelopment projects, of which 3.3 billions in 2018 alone, with cumulative savings of around 100 million Megawatt-hours (MWh). Briefly, this is the balance as of 2018 after 12 years of ecobonus, the mechanism introduced in 2007 to encourage energy efficiency in end uses.

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Energy: Italian debut with Battery2030 + for EU action plan on new generation batteries

Italian premiere for Battery2030 +, the Flagship project of the European strategy on latest generation storage systems for mobility and power grids, which focuses on research to increase the competitiveness of EU industry and reduce the gap with Asian producers. The Polytechnic University of Turin and ENEA, which participate in Battery2030 + for Italy in the "core board" and "supporting organizations" respectively, brought together the main protagonists of the sector (including the European Commission, Confindustria, CNR, Enel, FCA, RSE and Terna), at the presentation event in Rome organized under the aegis of System Research.

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Research: "Biorefineries" from insects to produce energy, new materials and compost

Using insects that feed on decomposing organic matter for producing advanced biofuels, innovative biodegradable materials or agricultural fertilizers (soil improvers). It’s the goal of a project conducted by a team of ENEA researchers at the Casaccia Center, aiming at feeding the larvae of a scavenger insect, a diptera known as "Black Soldier Fly" with food it craves, like sewage sludge from waste water, manure and waste from the agri-food industry or green management.

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Energy: Launched web platform for low-carbon economy

Imeas.eu, a web platform designed by ENEA to share experiences and tools to support the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy, has been launched. The new application was created as part of the European project IMEAS (Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for Alpine Space), of which ENEA is leader, to share new planning and implementation tools for the energy policies of the 7 Alpine Space Countries (Italy , France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

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Circular economy: ACEA and ENEA sign a collaboration agreement for the development of projects

The Chief Executive Officer of ACEA, Stefano Donnarumma, and the Chairman of ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Federico Testa, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a collaboration for the development of projects pertaining to the circular economy, with special reference to sustainable management of the waste and water resource cycle.

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Energy: Air conditioning accounts for half of offices' electricity bill

Assoimmobiliare - ENEA report on energy consumption in office buildings. Air conditioning accounts for 57 percent of energy consumption in office buildings, followed by electrical equipment (26%) and lighting (17%). This is what emerges from the Assoimmobiliare - ENEA Report “Benchmark of energy consumption in office buildings in Italy”, which aims at providing companies with a self-assessment tool.

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Health: New perspectives for treating diabetes with mini 3D electrodes

Using innovative mini 3D electrodes to monitor and stimulate pancreatic insulin production in the treatment of certain types of diabetes,. This is the objective of the project EMPATIC (EModulation of PAncreaTic Islet Cells) developed by a group of researchers in robotics, biomedical and neuromorphic engineering from New York University, Universität Zürich, CNR and ENEA as coordinator.

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Innovation: At risk Italy's competitiveness in the hi-tech industry

Italian share in world export under 2% against 9.9% in Germany and 5.3% in France. Italy is ranked as the 15th of the 20 top exporters of hi-tech products in the world, with a market share slightly under 2%, behind smaller players such as the Netherlands (2.6%) and Belgium (2%) at a great distance from Germany (9.9%), France (5.3%) and the United Kingdom (4%).

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Aerospace: Italy, call for proposals to increase business competitiveness

A tender worth more than 4 million euro has been launched by the Regione Lazio for companies and research organizations in the aerospace sector, which will have time until June 25 to present project proposals. Information on how to participate was given in Rome at the workshop “Lazio 2030 Cluster Networking Day”.

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Innovation: An electronic nose for aircraft safety

An electronic nose that can detect flaws in bonded composite aircraft panels, which could compromise the solidity of the entire structure. This is what a multidisciplinary team from the ENEA Portici Research Center developed as part of the European project ComBoNDT (Quality assurance concepts for adhesive bonding of aircraft composite structures by extended non-destructive testing), funded by the European research program H2020 for the development of technologies for the safety of modern aircraft extensively using carbon fiber materials.

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