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Energy: ENEA Quarterly Analysis, 2021 energy demand bounced back in Italy (+8%), but signs of slowdown in 2022

2021 was the year of the rebound in energy consumption (+8% with respect to 2020), despite the unprecedented increase in electricity and gas prices. This is what emerges from ENEA's Quarterly Analysis of the Italian energy system, which also highlights a sharp rise in CO2 emissions (+8.5%; 70% of CO2 emissions “lost” in 2020 for the pandemic has been recovered) and a sharp worsening (-27%) of the ISPRED index, a composite index developed by the Agency to measure the energy transition on the basis of the trend in energy security, energy prices and CO2 emissions. In addition, the share of renewable sources is now below 19% of final consumption, down by more than one percentage point compared to the peak reached in 2020.

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Environment: at the start of an international competition for the best agrivoltaic project

Applications to participate in the international competition "Agrivoltaic for Noah's Ark", which will award the "best agrivoltaic garden", are open until 20 June 2022. The initiative is promoted by ENEA, the NeoruraleHub company, the National Institute of Architecture (IN/Arch), ETA Florence Renewable Energies and the Italian Association of Landscape Architecture (AIAPP). With the support of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Lombardy Region, Municipality of

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Energy: ENEA-CTI report shows energy performance improvement in the residential sector

The energy performance of housing in our country is slightly improving. According to the Annual Report on the Energy Certification of Buildings by ENEA and the Italian Thermotechnical Committee (CTI), in 2020 the energy performance certificates (APE) in the intermediate and lower classes decreased in the residential sector (-1.2% compared to 2019) to increase in the higher energy classes.

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PA: Two ENEA experts in the mise task force for industrial policy

Valentina Feliziani, economist and head of the ENEA Economic and Social Security Management Service, and Rossana Cotroneo, researcher at the Innovation Projects Management Unit of the ENEA Technological Development Division were selected to be part of a task force set up by the Ministry of Economic Development to make industrial policy in Italy operate more effectively.

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Agriculture: a prototype for crop irrigation and fertilization with purified wastewater

ENEA and University of Bologna, in collaboration with Hera Group and Irritec, have developed a technologically advanced prototype which uses purified wastewater for crop irrigation and fertilization, saving considerable amounts of water, providing nutrients which substitute chemical fertilizers and improving environmental sustainability and quality of the water purification chain.

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Environment: From ENEA new model to estimate Mediterranean sea-level change

ENEA climate modeling researchers have developed an advanced mathematical model, called MED16, capable of reproducing as faithfully as possible the VARIABILITY of Mediterranean Sea LEVEL, from the past to the future. "The latest 2021 IPCC report points out that average projections of sea level rise are not accurate enough for marginal basins like the Mediterranean, which require specific models. Our study finally fills this scientific gap ", explained Gianmaria Sannino, head of the ENEA laboratory of Climate Modeling and Impacts and author of the new study Modelling present and future climate in the Mediterranean Sea: a focus on sea-level change.

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Innovation: Covid, from ENEA a portable device to improve molecular testing and variant tracking

Researchers at the ENEA Biomedical Technologies Laboratory have developed and patented a new portable device to calibrate and standardize the different molecular testing devices and also make them capable to detect Covid variants, sending data in real time to a control center.

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Energy: newcleo signs agreement with ENEA to develop safe and innovative nuclear systems

newcleo, the clean and safe nuclear technology company developing innovative reactors, signed today an agreement for the development of safe and innovative Generation-IV nuclear systems with ENEA, the Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development.

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Space: Ranzo (Avio), independent space launch capability is crucial

"Maintaning an independent launch capability is crucial for economic, strategic and safety reasons: entrusting some particularly important loads or satellites to a foreign company may not guarantee the necessary confidentiality and timeliness requirements. The same would happen if a satellite is no longer used and it is necessary to replace it quickly ”.

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Smart city: First digital platform to manage tourism in Emilia-Romagna

The first web platform to optimize tourist flows in Emilia-Romagna has been launched, helping local administrators and operators to better organize daily activities and prevent overcrowding in particular events. The platform was created as part of the industrial research project Polis-Eye, funded by the Region and the Development and Cohesion Fund and coordinated by GeoSmart Lab, in collaboration with ENEA (CROSS-TEC Laboratory of the Bologna Research Center), the universities of Bologna, Ferrara and Modena-Reggio Emilia and some local institutions and companies.

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Energy: 20 tips to save on your bills

“A few simple and cost-effective steps are enough to reduce our bills, and further significant savings can be obtained by conducting maintenaince operations, controlling and regulating room temperature, replacing energy-intensive appliances with more efficient models, or even insulating buildings, a structural intervention whose cost is currently covered by a 110% tax deduction called Superbonus ”, explained Ilaria Bertini, Head of the ENEA Energy Efficiency Department.

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