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Eni, Politecnico di Torino sign MOU to study marine energy resources

Representatives of the Politecnico di Torino and Eni have signed a memorandum of understanding to further strengthen scientific collaboration and undertake a joint academic initiative to study energy from marine resources.

This agreement will involve the launch of the “MarEnergy Lab” research laboratory, which will investigate specific issues, enhance related understanding, and contribute to the rapid deployment of industrial technologies that use marine energy resources. Furthermore, a teaching position on “Energy from the Sea” will be created to train engineers who will specialize in the use of the new technologies developed in the laboratory.

According to a press release, the Politecnico di Torino is a leading global player in the study and development of technologies for the use of marine renewable sources, particularly wave motion.

Drawing on company experience in the field of offshore activities and marine installations, Eni has developed an integrated power generation plant that uses wave and photovoltaic energy: the Intertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC). This project has been undertaken in collaboration with The Politecnico di Torino and Wave for Energy, a subsidiary of the Politecnico. The ISWEC has been operating since March 2019 in the Ravenna offshore and has proven reliable and able to adapt to different sea conditions, thanks to its active control and regulation system, Eni says. During the operating period, the maximum nominal power value of 50 kW was exceeded.

This agreement will ensure that the collaboration between both parties further widens to include joint activities in the study of marine energy sources, and extending to wave motion as well as offshore wind power, ocean currents and tides, and saline gradients.

“Thanks to this strengthened collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino, Eni reaffirms its commitment to the development and implementation of new technologies which will play a key role in decarbonization, looking forward to new energy frontiers with a focus on the largest unused renewable energy source in the world: waves,” said Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi.

Eni is an energy company based in Milan, Italy, that supports a just energy transition, with the objective of preserving our planet and promoting an efficient and sustainable access to energy for all.

Politecnico di Torino is a university in Torino, Italy, that focuses on engineering, architecture, design and urban planning.