ENEA is the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, a public body aimed at research, technological innovation and the provision of advanced services to enterprises, public administration and citizens in the sectors of energy, the environment and sustainable economic development.

ENEA has highly qualified personnel, advanced laboratories, experimental facilities and excellent instruments for the realization of projects, studies, tests, assessments, analyses and training services, with particular reference to product and process innovation and the valorization of results to contribute to the development and competitiveness of the national economic system.

Since its foundation in the 1960s, its strengths have been applied research, technology transfer and technical-scientific support to companies, associations, territories, central and local administrations: for this reason – unlike other research institutions – the Agency depends on the Ministry of Economic Development.

Its focus sectors are energy technologies (renewable sources, energy storage, smart grids), for which the Agency is also the coordinator of the Energy National Technology Cluster, nuclear fusion and nuclear safety (the Agency is the reference national research coordinator), energy efficiency (with the National Agency for Energy Efficiency), technologies for cultural heritage, seismic protection, food safety, pollution, life sciences, strategic raw materials, climate change. Among the emerging issues, is circular economy, which sees ENEA designated as the National Agency for the efficient use of resources and sustainable mobility.

ENEA reinforces its efforts by collaborating with numerous national and international research bodies and institutions like Texas Tech University, Stanford Research Institute, New Delhi University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, ICTP, TWAS, and participates in technological platforms and networks like EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), ECRA (European Climate Research Alliance), MEDENER, and Enterprise Europe Network, the largest network of services supporting competitiveness and innovation for SMEs.

ENEA’s scientific research and technological developments are carried out at 9 Research Centres and 5 Laboratories, endowed with a wide range of expertise (the agency counts 2,600 employees).

Research Focus:

The Agency’s main research issues are:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Safety and Health
  • New Technologies
  • Electric System Research

The Energy Technologies Department carries on industrial research and experimental development on the bioenergy and bioeconomy:

  • Sustainable production of biomass.
  • Set up and maintenance of databases related to the availability of biomass.
  • Development and demonstration of processes for the conversion of biomass into liquid biofuels and bioproducts.
  • Development and demonstration of processes for biomass thermoconversion for heat and electricity, syngas and synthetic biofuels.

Applied research for conversion of oils deriving from unconventional sources in biodiesel.


PartnerLocationRig CodeRig NameRig StatusRig Contact
ENEAItalyENEA1Batch Steam Explosion reactorAvailableFrancesco Zimbardi
ENEAItalyENEA2High pressure and temperature batch reactorAvailableFrancesco Zimbardi
ENEAItalyENEA3Membrane reactor and separator Pd/Ag basedAvailableFrancesco Zimbardi
ENEAItalyENEA4Pilot scale Updraft GasificationAvailableFrancesco Zimbardi
ENEAItalyENEA5Hydrogen enrichment moduleAvailableFrancesco Zimbardi


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Francesco Zimbardi

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