Energy: Research and industry alliance for innovation made in Italy


Eight major players from industry, research and innovation join forces in strategic alliance in the energy sector: national champions such as the ENI, ENEL with e-distribution and Terna, the American giant General Electric with Nuovo Pignone  and the excellence of the world of research like the  CNR, RSE, the inter-university EnSIEL and ENEA, which will act as President and coordinator.

For the next three years researchers and managers will work alongside in the “National Technological Energy Cluster”[1] with the objective of making technological innovation a factor of cost reduction, increase of national safety and  competitivity of our companies, starting with SMEs, which bear the cost of a price gap with the rest of Europe.

The first two pilot projects concern smart grids, the technologies for renewable sources and energy storage, sectors in which  important matters are at stake at the national and european level on the issues of safety and resilience of the energy system. But the goal is covering the widest range of innovation issues in the energy field.

“The Energy Cluster – Prof. Federico Testa, economist, President of ENEA, explained- was designed to provide  advanced and coordinated answers on strategic themes in a sector, that of energy, which today more than ever needs research and innovation. The objective is playing a coordination role between public and private research, combining research with the needs of companies”.

The new cluster is open to all subjects interested in energy issues

Over 80 representatives from research and industry (both SMEs and major companies) have already expressed interest in attending and 15 regions have ensured their support (including the 5 Convergence Regions and the Trento Autonomous Province).

The “Energy Cluster”, in addition to other eight clusters born in Italy between 2012 and 2016, monitors priority technological areas on which the Government plans to concentrate the efforts of industrial research policies: Aerospace, Agrifood, Smart Factory, Green Chemistry, Technologies for Life Environments, Secure and Inclusive Communities, Sustainable Mobility, Health.


[1] The National technology Clusters are open and inclusive networks comprising major public and private subjects operating on the national territory in industrial research, training and education and technological transfer: companies, universities, public and private research institutions, start-up incubators and other players active in the innovation sector. Each cluster focuses on a specific technology and applicative area deemed to be strategic for our Country, constituting its most authoritative interlocutor in terms of competences, kwnoledge, structures and potentials.