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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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Italy, Juncker Plan: EIB lends EUR 250m to ENEA for research into clean fusion energy

The project is guaranteed by the Investment Plan for Europe and is being co-financed by EUROfusion, the EU programme to produce safe, clean nuclear fusion energy by 2050 - Agreement signed with the Lazio Region will help develop the new international scientific hub in Frascati - 1,500 new jobs expected, including 500 for scientists and technicians, with an impact of EUR 2bn for the Italian economy

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Energy: ITER and Consortium RFX sign a ten-year agreement on fusion

Bernard Bigot, Director General of ITER International Organization, and Francesco Gnesotto, President of RFX Consortium (comprising the CNR, ENEA, INFN, University of Padua, Acciaierie Venete SpA), have signed a ten-year agreement for the experimentation, in Padua, of the most powerful neutral beam acceleration system ever made. In ITER, the temperature will reach 150 million degrees, necessary for the fusion reactor to occur and produce clean, sustainable and safe CO2-free energy.

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Energy: ENEA - IEA report, women trained and competent but excluded from top leadership

In Italy there are highly qualified women in the energy sector who are being denied access to top positions. This is what emerges from the second report on gender equality in the sector, coordinated by ENEA as part of the Technology Collaboration Program of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The data show that our country has a good ranking position in scientific education with women accounting for 37% of the total graduates, with a maximum 40% reached by Sweden, which participated in the survey together with Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile and Finland.

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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: 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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Nuclear: Romanian delegation visits the ENEA experimental reactor TRIGA

ENEA has recently hosted a Romanian delegation headed by Rodin Traicu, President the Romanian National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN), accompanied by Adrian Goicea, Country manager of Iberdrola, Achille Cester, Italian CEO of Hiruko Int., Paolo Gianlorenzo and Stefan Sas from Hiruko too.

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Energy: Italy, in 2018 consumption still increasing (+ 1%), transport’s share on the rise

Energy consumption still on the rise in 2018 in Italy (+ 1% as compared to the previous year), driven by transport, while hydroelectric production surged (+ 31%) gas consumption and carbon dioxide emissions fell (- 3.3%) and (-2%) respectively. This is what emerges from the ENEA quarterly analysis of the Italian energy system, also showing for the entire 2018 stronger signs of criticality, starting with the decline, for the first time in 10 years, of wind and photovoltaic energy production (-3%). Furthermore, there remains a large share of fossil fuels, equal to 75% of the total, while green sources account for 20% of the energy mix (one percentage point more than in 2017).

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Over 100 companies at Industry Day for DTT project

Over 170 participants from approximately one hundred large industries and SMEs from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Slovenia and Switzerland, 180 bilateral meetings and tenders for a total of 500 million euro in 7 years. These are the figures of the Industrial Day organized by ENEA to present the first international calls for the construction of the Divertor Tokamak Test (DTT), the large technological and scientific center for fusion research to be established at the ENEA Frascati Research Center, which included 80 leading Italian manufacturing companies, such as the ASG Superconductors (Malacalza Group), Vitrociset, SIMIC, Walter Tosto, Delta T, Mangiarotti, and international ones like the French Air Liquide, ENGIE and Thales, the German Mann, the Spanish Aernova and ENSA.

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New research hub for fusion and radiopharmaceuticals in Italy

Creating a scientific international hub of excellence on fusion and production of radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of tumors at the ENEA Brasimone Research Center, halfway between Florence and Bologna. It’s one of the keypoints of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by ENEA and the regional administrations of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany to promote and valorize the expertise and large experimental equipment of the Center, dedicated to safe and sustainable nuclear technologies.

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