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18/2/2013

Energy: ENEA successfully tests methane-hydrogen mixture in microturbine to generate electricity

AGATUR is the experimental plant in which ENEA researchers have successfully tested a gas microturbine to generate electricity, powered with a methane and hydrogen mix to simulate the effect of injecting green hydrogen into the gas network in a content variable over time. The outcomes of the tests performed at the ENEA Casaccia Research Center (Rome) - where the Italian hydrogen valley is being built – were given on the occasion of the UN World Day of Creativity and Innovation.

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Agriculture: Durum wheat, new varieties are being studied resistant to drought, high temperatures and soil salinity

Improving durum wheat’s ability to tolerate and adapt to environmental stresses is the goal of the project IMPRESA, funded by the Ministry of University and Research with over 700 thousand euro, which includes Italy (ENEA and Tuscia University as coordinator), Turkey (University of Harran), Algeria (University of Ferhat Abbas Sétif and Center de Recherche Scientifique et Technique sur les Régions Arides) and Tunisia (Center of Biotechnology of Sfax).

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Innovation: ENEA and Assobiotec presented latest report on biotech industry in Italy

A vivacious and vital sector, the engine of national innovation, capable of withstanding the impact of the pandemic crisis in all its areas of application and a significant increase in the number of companies dedicated to Italian-controlled biotech R&D, with a turnover that, in this sub-group of companies, recorded a + 30% in the black year of the global health emergency: this is what emerges from the annual report Assobiotec-Federchimica and ENEA “Biotechnology companies in Italy.

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Environment: In italy wood production at risk due to ozone pollution

In Italy, the economic value of forests has dropped by 10% due to ozone pollution which has led to a reduction of more than 1% of the forest area destined to timber production, with potential damage that could reach up to 2.85 billion euro (around 870 euros per hectare), as shown in a study conducted by a team of 10 researchers from ENEA, Cnr and the University of Florence, in collaboration with the French satellite services company ARGANS, published in Nature Scientific Reports.

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Health: Towards a novel treatment for spinal cord injury

A prototype of electrified scaffold to allow stem cells transplantation for spinal cord injury regeneration. This is what is intended to be developed in the frame of the RISEUP European project, carried out by a consortium led by ENEA and composed of Italian partners (Sapienza University of Rome, Rise Technologies srl), as well as Spanish (Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV, and Centro Investigación Príncipe Felipe, CIPF) and French (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS).

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Energy: ENEA presents new experimental infrastructure to generate heat for industrial processes from a solar source

ENEA's solar "park" is expanding. On the occasion of the World Sun Day, celebrated every year on May 3, ENEA presented a new concentrating solar plant built at the ENEA Casaccia Research Center dedicated to the study, experimentation and validation of materials, technologies and innovative solutions to provide heat for industrial processes from a solar source.

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Cultural Heritage: Anti-vibration technologies help preserve the Sarcophagus of the Spouses at National Etruscan Museum in Rome

An anti-vibration platform offering hich-tech protection from the effects of daily passing traffic and the threat of earthquakes to the "Sarcophagus of the Spouses", one of the greatest masterpieces of Etruscan art that have come down to us, which can be admired in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome. This is what a multidisciplinary team comprising ENEA experts, the company Somma engineering and Roma Tre and Sapienza universities is working at, as part of the project MONALISA, which has ranked first among the 81 participants in the LazioInnova tender funded by the Lazio Region.

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Waste: with the “NETWAP” project, small-scale composting experimentation in Italy and Croatia is now under way

Small-scale composting, technologies for recovering and recycling plastics, monitoring of microplastics in the sea. These are the main achievements of the NETWAP[1] project financed by the Italy-Croatia Interreg call for proposals with a budget of about €1.5 million, which in Italy involved ENEA, Unioncamere Veneto, Fondazione Fenice Onlus of Padua and GAL Molise verso il 2000. In Croatia, participants included the Municipality of Zadar (project leader), the Ruder Bošković Institute and Čistoća, the Zadar province company responsible for waste management.

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Agriculture: ENEA should to shoulder with oil, wine and pasta producers against the effects of climate change

Olive oil, wine and pasta, key elements of the Mediterranean diet protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, will be able to count on the climate services developed by MED-GOLD, the main EU research project on climate and agriculture involving 16 partners in 6 different countries, including ENEA for global coordination and Barilla for pasta in Italy.

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Health: Study on the impact of air pollution in workplaces launched

Assessing the health effects of airborne particulate levels in relation to the microclimate in different indoor work environments. This is the aim of the study launched by Inail with ENEA, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Cagliari and CNR. "This is a new scientific investigation as part of our 'VIEPI - Integrated Assessment of Indoor Particulate Exposure' project, which studies the correlations between atmospheric particulate measurements and microclimate conditions in indoor environments, in order to understand the implications of occupational exposure", says Armando Pelliccioni, a researcher at INAIL and scientific coordinator of the VIEPI project.

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Agriculture: climate change, study on the invasiveness of tropical fruit flies

The climate in most of the Mediterranean, the rest of the EU and North and Central America is currently not suitable for the establishment of tropical fruit flies, although their potential geographical distribution varies significantly. These are the findings of international research involving institutions from four different continents, including ENEA, which studied the effects of climate change on the invasiveness of these insects.

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