A permanent exhibition in a 75-square-metre space dedicated to Saipem’s marine technologies has been inaugurated as part of the grand opening of the new Trieste headquarters of the Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico. Inside the exhibition, through the experimental teaching promoted by the Science Centre, young visitors will be able to discover in an interactive and engaging way how it is possible to produce energy from such an extreme and challenging environment as the sea.
In a space which calls to mind a marine environment, Saipem is displaying one of its first subsea robots (ROV) as well as four exhibit stations. The first two demonstrate Archimedes’ principle. The others feature a control room simulator for remote-controlled subsea drones and Hexafloat, a floating foundation for wind turbines developed by Saipem for offshore wind farms.
The new headquarters of the Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico is housed in an historical building of 3,000 m2 in the Old Port of Trieste, an area which Saipem selected in 2010 to develop, test and host some of its marine technologies. As such, the opportunity to set up a space dedicated to Saipem in the new Science Centre was immediately met with enthusiasm as a natural continuation of our previously established relationship with the local territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia, a very dynamic link that has allowed Saipem to create many of the innovations for which it is now renowned and acclaimed the world over.
Francesco Racheli, COO of Saipem’s E&C Offshore Division, comments, “Thanks to our presence in this vibrant area and to our over 60 years of experience as a leading energy company, Saipem now has the opportunity to create a unique space to set up experiments and simulations to illustrate the scientific principles which allow us to overcome the significant technological challenges we encounter in our daily activities to harness the energy from remote places like the seabed. We trust that this initiative will help inspire younger generations to learn more about technical-scientific subjects and encourage the development of a culture focused on renewable energies and technologies, which will be fundamental in order to face future challenges”.