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18/2/2013

Environment: Cooler buildings and lower bills in summer thanks to green walls and roofs

A 15% cut in the energy bill with a 40% reduction of the direct solar radiation in dwellings and a lower indoor temperature by up to 3 degrees thanks to plants grown on roofs, balconies and external walls. These are part of the outcomes of a Italian pilot project ENEA has conducted at its research center, entailing improved thermo-acoustic insulation and living comfort, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the so-called “rain bombs”.

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Agriculture: First “microcosm” for growing plants also in space

ENEA has patented a “microcosm” for growing plants using soil in closed and extreme environments, with an innovative technology capable of mimicking what happens in nature, while allowing plants to reproduce. It will be presented at the “1st Joint AgroSpace-MELiSSA Workshop” (16-18 May, Rome)”

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Energy efficiency: Online new free software for residential building certification

ENEA, jointly with the Construction Technologies Institute of the CNR, has made available the new version of DOCET, a simplified software tool for the certification of existing residential buildings, targeted at technicians and operators of the building sector. The software, to be used for buildings up to 200 m2 without major renovations, can draft the energy performance certificate (APE), which assesses the energy efficiency and energy class of a building and includes recommandations on how to best improve the energy efficiency of the property.

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Energy: Italy, declining prices and consumption on the rise in 2017

2017 registered rising final energy consumptions (+1.38% as compared to 2016, in line with the +1.5 % in GDP) and a slight decline in CO2 emissions (-0.5%) mostly thanks to sectors such as electricity generation (-5%) and transportation (-2.2%). New historical heights for renewables in total electric consumption: wind and solar reached a 70% peak per hour (17 april 2017) and the whole of RES (Renewable Energy Sources) an 87% peak. This is what emerges from the Quarterly Review of the Italian Energy System, edited by ENEA, which examines data in the fourth quarter of 2017 and makes an assessment of the entire year. The study also shows an increase in natural gas consumptions (+6%, after the 5% in 2016), an energy source which firmly led the mix with a 36.5% share, showing decreasing prices in all consumption groups and running counter to EU trends.

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Energy: A new “oven” to study alternative solutions for fusion

ENEA has recently developed a high-temperature vacuum oven providing the necessary technological skills for manufacturing some components of the DTT (Divertor Tokamak Test facility), the new fusion research machine to be built in Frascati. It's a metal cylinder the size of a boiler that will be used to study the properties of the CPS (Capillary-Pore System), sponges soaked with liquid metal to be used in the divertor as material directly facing plasma. The surface of the liquid metal is not inherently subject to damage inside the tokamak and this represents a solution to the problem of deterioration of solid materials, lenghtening the life cycle of such a key component of the future reactor as the divertor.

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Industry: "BasKer", the new fireproof material for transport and construction

"BasKer" (basalt+ceramic) is a new basalt fiber reinforced ceramic, used for exhaust pipes, heat shield, panels and fireproof doors for aerospace, military and sports applications. This material stands out for light weight, thermal insulation, high temperature and fire resistance. Security and sustainability complete the profile because it was obtained by exploiting industrial waste - low costs - thanks to production costs comparable to polymer composites - and efficiency - due to lighter vehicles, lower fuel consumption and environmental impact.

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Chinese and Italian Research Institutions together for the new international DTT fusion-lab

A high-level Chinese Delegation visited ENEA Headquarters on last April 10th. The Chinese Delegation included Prof. Zhang Jie, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) & Chairman of University Council, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Prof. Wang Yanfeng, Vice President of UCAS and Mr. Lu Xiaofeng, Senior Program Officer of the CAS Bureau of International Cooperation. On the Italian side, ENEA’s President Federico Testa, the Director of the Nuclear Technologies Department, Aldo Pizzuto with his co-workers Flavio Crisanti and Mariano Tarantino, Marina Leonardi Head of International Relations, warmly welcomed the guests, introducing ENEA and its commitment to the ITER and Broader Approach programmes on nuclear fusion.

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Latest issue of ENEA magazine on economy and environment available online

ENEA magazine “Energy, the Environment and Innovation” latest issue highlights include circular economy, green jobs, carbon footprint. Titled “€conomies’, its focus is to launch a debate on the relationship between the economy and the environment. The interview to Ignazio Musu, professor emeritus of political economy at the Venice University Cà Foscari and Vice President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource economists”, retraces the steps of this stormy relationship, reflected both on the business community and the political world.

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Energy: The new international fusion-lab DTT to be built near Rome. EU and China among the investors

ENEA, the Italian national Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development, approved the shortlist of the nine Italian areas eligible for hosting the Divertor Tokamak Test Facility (DTT), the International Center of excellence for nuclear fusion research.

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Environment: Launching EU project for islands' climate and economy

The EU project SOCLIMPACT aims at modelling downscaled climate change effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100, integrating the climate outlooks and economic systems currently available for Europe, and funded by Horizon 2020 which includes Italy in collaboration with ENEA, CMCC, the University of Bologna and ANCI Sardinia

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