Renewable Energy Sources
ENEA activities in the field of renewable energy sources are mainly centred upon research, innovation, and technology transfer. The Agency also provides advanced services contributing to both decreasing CO2 emissions and the national energy dependence on fossil sources, and increasing Italy’s economic competitiveness.
In these activities several different Technical Units in different ENEA Research Centres are involved, serving complementary roles to one another: Technical Unit for Renewable Energy Sources (UTRINN – Casaccia), Technical Unit for Portici Technologies (UTTP), and Technical Unit for Trisaia Technologies (UTTT).
ENEA research is specifically focused on the following technologies:
- Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy
- Biomass and Biofuels
- Solar Thermal Energy at low and medium temperatures
- Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage Systems
In more mature fields such as wind energy, ENEA gives its innovative contribution on issues like materials, and participates in national and international collaboration activities allowing the Agency to play the role of technological observatory on technology and market development.
ENEA also provides support to: local administrations responsible for the implementation of energy plans; industrial consortia, professional associations and pools of enterprises in evaluating the environmental sustainability of territorial plans, projects and programmes to produce energy from renewable sources. Such support is aimed at ensuring that the actions proposed on the territory are fully compliant with the environmental protection laws, and is accomplished by both identifying the sites most suitable to host facilities and assessing the environmental impact under ordinary, extraordinary and emergency conditions for their whole life cycle (construction, operation, dismission).