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Building sector: The “bio-brick" avoids the need for air conditioning

A "bio-brick" in a composite material ideal for our climate, capable of maintaining an average indoor temperature of 26 degrees during heat, avoiding the need for air conditioning. It’s one of the results of the study conducted by ENEA and Politecnico di Milano as part of the project "Energy requalification of existing public buildings: nZEB direction", funded by the Electrical System Research of the Ministry of Economic Development.

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Health: Cystic fibrosis, toward personalized therapies thanks to lung microbiome

The many challenges faced by personalized medicine in the field of cystic fibrosis, one of the most widespread genetic diseases in the world, mainly affecting the lungs and intestines, were the topic of a review by an ENEA coordinated international research team, published in the international journal "Trends in Molecular Medicine - Cell Press"

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Environment: ENEA among European centers of excellence for collection of microorganisms

ENEA European center of excellence with its microbial collection comprising approximately 1500 bacteria, fungi, algae and viruses , as part of MIRRI - Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure, the largest European research infrastructure safeguarding microbial biodiversity and guaranteeing the conservation and distribution of microorganisms for environmental sustainability, biotechnological development and bioeconomy growth.

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Innovation: ENEA-IEG agreement for circular economy, energy and sustainable mobility

Federico Testa, President of ENEA, and Lorenzo Cagnoni, President of the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), have signed a three-year collaboration agreement for the circular economy, renewable sources, sustainable mobility, smart cities and other possible sectors of interest. In particular, ENEA will provide support to IEG in the definition of innovative technical contents, transfer of innovation, promotion of sustainability issues, training and professional updating for industries, SMEs and operators and information and communication activities

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Sea: ENEA and Confcommercio present sustainability project "La Spezia del futuro"

"La Spezia del Futuro: a model of sustainable and circular development for a resilient and competitive territory", is the project developed by ENEA in collaboration with Confcommercio and presented to the Mayor of Rio Maggiore, the Mayor of Lerici and the representatives of the Municipality of Spezia and the Cinque Terre National Park, in a meeting promoted by the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea.

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Waste and recycling: "Toner" for 3D printers from plastic of electronic devices

ENEA has developed a process to produce a filament to be used as “toner” for 3D printers by exploiting the plastic present in electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) waste, with lower costs than commonly used commercial filaments and environmental benefits resulting from the economic exploitation of waste.

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Technology: At ENEA the first European Institutional mirror of Software Heritage

The ENEA Research Center in Bologna will host the first Italian Mirror of World’s Largest Source Codes Archive: the Software Heritage Archive. Software Heritage is an established non-profit initiative launched by Inria, the French National Institute for Digital Sciences, aimed at collecting, organizing, preserving and sharing all publicly available open source code. Sharing the vision that software is a precious part of our cultural heritage, ENEA is very proud to collaborate to this important project by keeping a full copy of the contents of the archive.

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Marine energy: Mediterranean, new ENEA models for hi-resolution waves and tides forecasts

Estimating sea energy production thanks to high resolution forecasts of waves and tides of the Mediterranean. ENEA has developed MITO, a model of water circulation forecasting temperature, salinity and speed of sea currents with a spatial detail ranging from 2 km to a few hundred meters as in the case of the straits of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus. As for waves, a forecasting system – Wawes - guaranteeing a resolution of up to 800 meters in marine and coastal areas with high energy potential was created. Both utilize the ENEA supercomputer "CRESCO6, performing 1.4 million billion operations per second.

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