Eni and University of Pavia ink new technology development partnership

Source: press release, 6 May 2019

The President of University of Pavia, Fabio Rugge, and the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi signing the framework partnership agreement
The President of University of Pavia, Fabio Rugge, and the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi signing the framework partnership agreement (photo: Eni)

The President of University of Pavia, Fabio Rugge, and the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, have signed a framework partnership agreement to work on the strategic areas of operational efficiency, decarbonisation and the circular economy.

The University of Pavia, a prestigious centuries-old Athenaeum, will collaborate with Eni to lend its expertise to technological development. The university excels in mathematical, computer, geological and physical sciences, as well as engineering.

The agreement is valid for 3 years and is subject to a possible extension for a further 12 months. During this time, Eni and University of Pavia will be involved in developing a technological portfolio of innovation projects through knowledge sharing.

Eni and University of Pavia already collaborate on research of renewable energy production. Joint studies have resulted in Eni’s Luminescent Solar Concentrators, the technology behind Smart Windows, and further collaborations were developed in the advanced organic flexible photovoltaic field.

In addition, there are established partnerships in both the geological sector, with reservoir rocks analysis, for Eni’s most important discoveries, as well as environmental studies for the bioremediation of polluted soil.

The synergies between Eni and the Athenaeum have also resulted in a circular economy project, presented for the research and innovation initiatives promoted by the Region of Lombardy for energy supply and water management.

The signed framework agreement widens the research partnership network that Eni holds with leading universities, among which the University of Pavia, and the main Italian Research Institutes, with 9 agreements in total signed by the company and corresponding to over 140 ongoing or planned projects. Moreover, the framework agreement aims to strengthen the local network allowing the development of synergies between the Pavia territory and relevant Eni sites such as Sannazzaro Refinery and the centre for advanced calculation Green Data Centre in Ferrara Erbognone.