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18/2/2013

Energy: Italian industry wins contracts worth more than 1.2 billion for fusion reactor

With contracts awarded worth more than 1.2 billion for the world’s first fusion power plant, Italian hi-tech industry players mark a fresh breakthrough − while bolstering their leadership role within the ambit of the ITER, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, in progress at Cadarache (France), with more than 50% of the tenders for hi-tech content components for Fusion for Energy (F4E) – the agency that manages the European unit for construction of ITER –, as noted by the journal, Rivista ENEA Energia Ambiente e Innovazione.

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Environment: Project for cooperative air quality monitoring begins

Thanks to the direct involvement of the citizenry, The European project, Air Heritage, for monitoring the quality of the air in the Portici area (Naples) has started up. Air-Heritage is the outcome of teamwork with various players (ENEA, the Municipality of Portici, ARPAC, Legambiente Campania, Università “Federico II” (Naples) and TerrAria srl).

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Cultural heritage: First hi-tech monitoring project for Palazzo Chigi in Rome area

First hi-tech monitoring project to evaluate the ‘health conditions’ of paintings, frescos, marble busts and the leather wall cladding of Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia (Rome). A team of ENEA researchers has deployed advanced technologies to study the artistic and cultural heritage embodied by this famous building which provides the scenic backdrop for the monumental Piazza di Corte (designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini).

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Environment: ENEA-CNR research to reduce the risks of antibiotic contamination of the environment

Studying the presence of antibiotic residues in farm wastewater to develop strategies for reducing the risks not only of contamination of soils and waters but also of multiresistant bacterial propagation. This is the goal of the AZeRO Antibiotici project, conducted by ENEA and CNR (Italy’s National Research Council), funded by the Lazio Region through Lazio Innova, and presented on the occasion of World Soil Day.

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Environment: Number of Italian circular economy platform partners rises to 100

The objective is to draw up a national strategic agenda proposal – having pinpointed 8 priorities. In the two years of its life, the Italian ICESP circular economy stakeholders’ platform, coordinated by ENEA, has gained about 100 partners drawn from institutions, companies, associations, trade unions, universities, research bodies, and regional and municipal government authorities.

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Circular economy: New methods to improve use of construction and demolition waste

Improving re-use of construction waste materials to bolster the transition toward a circular economy. This is the goal of the CONDEREFF (Construction & demolition waste management policies for improved resource efficiency) project involving ENEA, the Lazio Region and 6 other partners in 7 countries (Spain, Greece, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria and Germany).

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Energy: ENEA at the forefront with the IEA for the decarbonisation of the energy system

ENEA and RSE organised the first national meeting in the last few weeks, gathering Italian delegates in the 22 Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCP), the multilateral R&I initiatives of the International Energy Agency (IEA) advancing the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies and contributing to a more sustainable and secure global energy system.

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Energy: MeetMED project to foster energy transition in southern and eastern Mediterranean

ENEA recently hosted in Rome the meetMED project’s workshop “Investment climate for energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected Mediterranean countries”, in the presence of high level representatives from both the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, experts from the Mediterranean Association of National Agencies for Energy Management (MEDENER) and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), as well as other energy stakeholders involved in the meetMED activities.

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